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Value System by Yang Fan
by Space Station
Location: Space Station
Date: 19 Jul - 17 Aug 2014

No matter what kind of experimental innovation and structural readjustment, the ultimate goal is to make the scene as well as the value system that lies beneath cooperate more smoothly. But the inner expansion and standardized criteria of the value system have gradually reduced the everyday scene to be merely its decoration, leading the whole culture to virtualization and semiotization. The scene with outer prosperity complies with the inner rules of the value system. The standardized movement demanded by value judgment has established grades and scales for different pattern of art in aesthetics and emotion. The direct result of it is that the satisfaction of the needs of grading has become the benchmark to evaluate aesthetic pattern. With the natural motive disappearing, the real scene falls into a purely virtual world. When placed in different standards and criterions, the subjective sentiment will no longer be open and pure; but be modified, fastened and merged into some pattern.

Yang Fan tries to place both artwork of low interest, poor quality and classical value scene under hard light, wiping out those empty interests as much as possible, and restoring the value system itself. In The Value System series, artists, by using cheap buttons of magnificence and full of various interests, reproduce the overwhelming aesthetics caused by the scalization of the value system. The Value System 10 and The Value System 11 have taken a step further to use an ambiguous human figure as the background, suggesting an individual deeply immersed in the scene is being encroached by poor aesthetics. The materialization of an individual naturally results in the From the Bottom of One’s Heart series, using the inferior body model to mean a standardized individual: the apparent healthy and bright organs whose functions are stipulated clearly have been represented here, ironically, as an inferior body after being stipped off reality. Mr. Zhang’s Afternoon has depicted a scene imbued with economic and political prerogatives by the exchange of power institution and foreign capital. It is stripped off by strong flare its original happy, amiable and fervent ambience, leaving only the iciness and tedium of the pure exchange in the value system.

Based on the gradation of the value system, absolute equality of sentiments has never been realized in human history. To escape from the inherent pattern means to resist from within, to get rid of pattern and standard, and only in this way can one let out the real emotions to the greatest extent. Beyond the scale, the illogical, non-standard bad interest is just like rebellious revelry after getting rid of the value system.

*image (left)
Yang Fan
The Value System No.5, 2013
Oil on Canvas, 140x120 cm
courtesy of the artist and Space Station
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