Sun Xun: Tears of Chiwen
Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts, U.S.A
SUN Xun 孙逊
AMFA’s New Media Gallery will act as a metaphorical portal, transporting visitors to an artist-designed, immersive environment. This flexible gallery space has the potential to display audio-visual works designed for projectors, television monitors, speakers, and even interactive digital platforms, allowing AMFA’s programming to reflect the myriad ways artists work in the 21st century. AMFA’s dedicated New Media Gallery is designed to present artworks created with emerging technologies such as interactive digital art and computer animation, as well as video. These works are shown on a continuous loop and guests are invited to visit the gallery anytime and stay as long as they wish.
Inspired by the AMFA Foundation Collection’s deep holdings of drawing, the Museum’s inaugural new media exhibition will consist of a projected video artwork created in part by hand-drawn, stop-motion animation: Tears of Chiwen, by Beijing-based artist Sun Xun. Sun incorporates a wide array of materials in his expressionistic animated films, combining painting, woodcuts, and charcoal and traditional Chinese ink drawings. Rooted in Asian art traditions, Sun’s work is also influenced by his admiration for Albrecht Dürer’s woodcuts and love of modernist cinema.
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