0.1 Second before Burnt (Project 596), 2022
40cm*30cm each, Oil paint on wood

These two paintings are derived from the 596 project archival footage, depicting the moments after the explosion of China's first atomic bomb, where everything is lit up so brightly that the human eye cannot look directly but is recorded by the camera. After 0.1 seconds, everything on the screen burned and disappeared due to the colossal energy. The paintings come from gazing at two frames of the footage that repeated pauses can only capture. This gaze is not only temporally and spatially impossible but also in terms of brightness so that the examination of the video becomes the only possibility. The seemingly monochromatic pictures are not due to the type of film but to overexposure. The artist attempts to preserve historical frames easily overlooked in the physical world through oil painting.


7th John Moores Painting Prize (China) Exhibition, TAG art museum, Tsingtao, China

Lonely Landscape (Severny Island after Tsar Bomba), 2022
Triptych, 80*120cm each, Oil paint on wood

Untitled (The Trinity Test), 2023
120*90cm, Oil paint on wood

Untitled (Atomic Bombs), 2019
5 minutes, HD Video

From the research of the first succeed atomic bomb experiment “Trinity Project", the artist further explored the moving image source that was rare when the nuclear bomb exploded, and the difficulty of the simultaneous sound recording. Proceeding from this, he tried to use clips and reuse existing materials to capture the slow and strange sense of nuclear bomb explosions, attempting to express the hell-like horror created by nuclear weapons in another non-blasting way.

源自对第一颗成功的原子弹实验“Trinity “的影像研究,进而发掘核弹爆炸时珍惜的动态影像资料,以及素材影片同期声的困难。由此出发,试图通过剪辑再利用已有素材捕捉核弹爆炸时缓慢的诡异感,企图用另一种非爆破的方式表现核武器创造的地狱式恐怖。

Wu Xiaoran 2018-2023 — London / Shanghai