REDMILK MEETS A SWEET - CHEEKY LONDON BASED ARTIST FROM BEIJING. HE HAS A POWERFUL MIND WITH A LIVELY SENSE OF HUMOUR AND HE BRINGS US IN A PECULIAR DIMENSION BETWEEN INTIMACY AND AUDACITY.
Your typical day.
What does art mean for you?
It means everything to me. It’s fun and political at the same time.
Your works suggest a mix of emotion such as playfulness, creepy threat and a collision between mystery and attraction; everything is well-balanced. Which is your secret?
Thank you. I try not to make it looks too serious even thought the message I’m sending through the work is urgent and important. I use a lot of appropriated material blatantly in my works, and those materials are quite strong by themselves.
Do you think your aesthetics is unconventional?
To be honest I have never really thought about that. It all comes naturally. I wouldn’t say it’s unconventional because nothing is unconventional. My aesthetic is a sum up of all of the books, movies, music and art I consumed and people I met.
Your art is full of sexual references: what do you think about sex?
It’s a reflection of what is going on in the world (both historically and currently): who we desire, how we would like to have sex and so on. And it’s also just pure pleasure.
Do you feel a vulnerable or impassive person?
Both. Most of times I’m impassive and I love having things under control. But when I feel vulnerable, I am happy to embrace my vulnerability and try to experience all that brings to me with my whole heart. Growing up, we all hear “real men don’t cry” and that’s such a typical patriarchal bullshit. People (especially men) always immediately feel ashamed of themselves when they’re vulnerable, so they hide their feelings all the time and in the end they become the same person. I really think men who cry are cute and more lovable.
What do you expect from your career?
I’m not expecting myself to be commercially successful that much, I’d rather be doing what I am doing now: researching, creating, bringing people together and trying to make some small changes to the community.
What does London represent for you?
Home. And utopia in some sense. My friend once made a joke like “your gender only fluid in London.” I know it’s sounds like a cliché but I can be whoever I want to be here.
What’s the strangest thing that you’d rather be doing?
Probably a professional full time pigeon feeder in Battersea Park? God knows how much I love parks.
Which are your plans for the future?
I’m currently experiencing my pre quarter-life crisis now so I don’t know how to answer this question. Though, alternatively, I can tell you my plans for tomorrow: I’m going to a park with 100+ sculptures in Oslo with my friend!
Photos courtesy of the artist
Interview by Federica Pesce