Today we celebrate the launch of “Art Record”, an AAW project undertaken by two artists, Zhao Xiaojia and Li Zhi. I think they are an interesting pair. Aside from being an accomplished painter, Zhao is an indie lyricist-composer. Music, especially rock and roll, has consistently played an important part in his works. Concert footage with him doing the splits while playing the guitar went viral in 2015. His stunt repeatedly mimicked and wisecracked about, the “splits guy” has single-handedly launched his band into fame. He is arguably the most successful crossover artist from LuXun Academy of Fine Arts.
Li Zhi, a new folk musician, has the makings of a poet. His album, “Mr. Van Gogh”, offers an unprecedented perspective on the legendary life of the master. Chance has it that both Zhao and Li were named “NetEase Cloud Music·Musicians of the year” in 2015. I am expecting to see sparks from the two converging artists through the partnership.
It is the well-received spiritual similarity of music and painting that led AAW to propose the original concept of “Art Record”. In fact, originality is where the value of modern arts lies. How to properly blend audio and visual experience remains a technical challenge, yet the implications of the experiment will be by all means far-reaching.
宫立龙 Gong Lilong