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January 11, 2011

The Exhaustion of Inspiration

Filed under: Uncategorized — kylelawrence @ 4:11 pm

Lu Zhengyuan finds a fresh artistic edge under pressure as he pledges to make a new creation every day for UCCA’s “84 Days, 84 Works,” exhibit. By Kyle Mullin for The Beijing Review Online, Dec. 14 2010

Lu Zhengyuan’s latest exhibit, titled “84 Days, 84 Works,” is less like an exhibit and more like artistic calisthenics.

The exhibit, which has been featured at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art since mid-October, has allowed Lu to treat his inspiration like a muscle which must be trained and toned. The multimedia artist has stuck to a strict daily deadline, crafting works of art out of materials that seem common and uninteresting on their own, but take on new meaning when he fuses them together.

Each of the series’ offbeat creations was made in less than 24 hours in order to reach the daily quota; the pressure has pushed Lu toward the very edge of his psyche.

“I really expect a day when my mind goes blank,” Lu said of his work. Of course, similar fears have plagued artists since the beginning of recorded history. “I wonder whether my inspiration can be drained or not. The problem I am thinking over every day is…where my inspiration comes from.”




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