“Ba Fon” Lou Nick’s solo exhibition
Artist: Lou Nick(Li Feng, Beijing)
Curator: Luo Fei
Art Critic: He Libin
Opening Time: 20:00, Sat, 8th of Oct, 2011
Exhibition Duration: 8th of Oct–4th of Nov, 2011(Sunday close)
Address: TCG Nordica Gallery, Chuangku(LOFT), Xibalu 101, Kunming
Web site: www.tcgnordica.com
Lou Nick’s CV and works: http://en.tcgnordica.com/2011/liyao/
“The Leopards’ Chamber” – an Introduction to the Solo Exhibition of Lou Nick (李爻)
By Luo Fei
Ming Dynasty in the peak time in China’s history when the feudal emperors like to keep and raise animals, there were various animals housing facilities built to the capital city, such as Tiger City, Elephant Room, Leopard Chamber, Pigeon House, Deer Farm, and Eagle Room etc. The Zhengde Emperor was particularly found of raising leopard as well as other animals. The “Ba Fon” (豹房 literally “The Leopards’ Chamber”) was set by Zhu Houzhao, the Zhengde Emperor, to house and feed leopards and to be used as a summer resort. It is generally believed that the Leopards’ Chamber was served as a location to keep animals, while those who have different opinions argue that there were no leopards in the Chamber, and it was but an administrative organ. An article titled “A New Discussion on the Leopard Chamber without Leopards” was published on the Beijing Cultural Relics News in March 1994, stating that the Leopards’ Chamber, Bao Fang in Chinese, was the transliteration of Arabic for “Ba-Fen”, which might be loosely translated as “a research center of academic artistry”.
The Leopards’ Chamber was, in a sense, a back garden of Zhengde Emperor’s private world used to indulge himself. There are people who think that was a way of escaping from his identity and responsibilities as an emperor, and rebelling against the expectation of the imperial household. Five hundred years later, Lou Nick(李爻), a Shandong farmer, found an echo in such a negative example of royal family education. Or shall we say, he found an excuse for the lineage of his Western avant-garde element. As to whether it is an excuse, coincidence, or just play on the theme of it, Lou Nick has come to realized that he, after all, is not the most withdrawn artist in human history, there had already been embarrassing predecessor like Emperor Zhu Houzhao.
Born in 1978, Lou Nick has never had any training from artistic institutions. A self-taught man, he is a now poet and artist. He has had his own opinions when he was asked to fulfill the meaning of life for the family since he was very young. He has immersed himself in his own world. With the innate wit and rebellion, he has created his own distinct style in art, poetry and music and has never tired of creating those works that are unusual, absurd, unbridled, sorrowful and pioneering. He believes all of the works during his rebellious years in his life belong to that of the Leopards’ Chamber, as a result of indulgence, withdrawn and narcissism. And this exhibition, to some extent, is to put an end to that phase of his life. After this, there will be a brand new one.
This exhibition will feature Lou Nick’s 7 “Burin Flow” stone carvings, one bronze sculpture, 2 video works, one audio work, 30 performance art photographs, as well as some poetry. From these different types of works to be put on display, we can see Lou Nick is an artist with great passion for and extensive experience of artistic creation and the mastery of crossover.
The opening reception of The Leopards’ Chamber Exhibition will be held on October 8, 2011, 8:00 p.m. You are welcome to join us to have a face to face communication with the artist. Thank you!