凝固的诗歌与严肃的童话

The Solidification of Poetry and the Solemnity of Fairy Tales


凝固的诗歌与严肃的童话

刘兆武

 

何杰作为70年代出生的艺术家,其成长经历多少会受到时代变革所带来的影响。对时代的物象经常性的产生某种心灵反射,这是70年代人共同的心理特征,然而在何杰身上所反映出来的时代印记并不是痛苦的记忆或者是带有批判的态度,而是对时代片段式的主观浪漫式的映像,这也是某种理想主义的精神诉求所驱使的结果,这些时代记忆里的映像成为艺术家精神境地里的永恒建筑,如诗歌般美好温婉,也如诗歌般宏大悲壮。

 

何杰的作品带有较强的中国北方地域的视觉特征,这与他艺术成长的经历有直接关系,对形象的力量感把握和对手感与手性的热衷是何杰特有的视觉语汇,事实上在何杰绘画中对形的要求足以反射出他架构宏大场面和抒情细节的超凡能力;而画面中把色彩元素完全个人化的做法则是何杰对情感和情绪表达的高明体现。在何杰的绘画艺术中他总能够把时代的瞬间印记悄然地凝固下来,他所选择的不是通常客观视觉语境下的事物,而是代表了一个时代成长进程中人们记忆里共同体验过的场景和感受。尽管何杰作品里依然有具体的物象,但是何洁不是在表达事物本身,而是营造了一个超越物质概念的新的精神世界。同样在绘画的本体角度看何杰也抛弃了绘画本体价值意义,努力地建构一个新的绘画价值观。

 

张凯的作品如同他本人一样,似乎来自一个美丽的童话世界,恬静中透出典雅的气质。在张凯营造出的童话世界里充满了浪漫的美学意蕴,尽管其中也有一份忧伤的成份,但是其作品中显现出对待美丽的严肃态度却十分鲜明,这种严肃的态度来源于张凯质朴和真诚的绘画观。

张凯不在意艺术是否完全与现实相吻合的通常意义,他关心的只有他个人世界里的视觉故事和情感依附,这一点使艺术家得以悠然于自我空间并十分严肃的对待他的每一份体验。张凯对待古典绘画的膜拜是虔诚的,其作品的视觉构成几乎完全来源于古典绘画,并以此进行再构,对内容的置换和挪移则是艺术家个人精神世界里超群的想象结果。正是作品样式和内容之间的高度统一才使得张凯的童话语境得以完美呈现。

张凯始终如一地在作品中编撰他的童话梦想,无所谓隐喻什么特别概念,也无所谓制造什么时代观念,其严肃的绘画态度足以把他的童话世界不断持续。


The Solidification of Poetry and the Solemnity of Fairy Tales

Liu Zhaowu

 

As an artist He Jie, an born in the 1970s, inevitably experienced the impact of the changes brought by the time during his growth. The common psychological characteristics of the generation of the 1970s could be regarded as some kind of psychic reflex usually for objective matters from that age. However, the imprint of the time which comes from He Jie is neither painful memories nor critical attitude, but the fragmental, subjective and romantic reflection on the era. This is also the result driven by the spiritual appeal of idealism. All these reflections in the memory of the generation would be the eternal architecture erecting in the mind of the artists, fragrant and graceful as poetry, magnificent and tragic as well!

 

He Jie's work, directly related to his artistic development, is full of strong visual implications of northern China. His special visions are to grasp the strength of image and keen on feelings and chirality. Based on requirements for shape, his painting actually shows a great ability in both grand scenes and tiny details, while the other brilliant expression of emotion and sentiment is the personalization of the element of the color. He Jie always put instant imprint of  the era into artistic method of solidification in his drawing, which means he prefers to choose the scenes and feelings which shines forever in the memory of his generation since they all had similar experience during their growth, rather than the objective issues in common visual context. Even though there are still specific objects in He Jie’s work, he tries to create a new spiritual world beyond the concept of material, avoiding the representation of the issues themselves. In the noumenon view of art, what he attempts to do is to build new values for painting by giving up the noumental value.

 

Zhang Kai’s work, just like himself, displays the figure of quietness and elegance that seems to have come from a wonderland. It is full of romantic aesthetic implication in the world he created though there is a trace of sadness. However, what is reflected in his painting is the serious attitude distinctively to the beauty, and it is root in the sincere and pristine of Zhang Kai’s artistic values.

 

Zhang Kai doesn’t put emphasis on whether the art would meet the ordinary meanings of the reality, what he concerns is the visible stories and emotional attachments in his inner world. This allows an artist a feeling of easiness in the self-space and, enables him to be serious about to every experience. The visual elements in Zhang Kai’s work are mostly based on classical painting, and then reframes the basic elements since he conducts devout method to worship them. The substitution and transformation are the harvest of the artist’s fantastic personal inner world. The fairy-tale context comes true due to the intense combination with style and content.

 

Zhang Kai consistently keeps his fairy-tale dream in the productions, regardless of the particular concept of metaphor or manufacturing concept of era. His serious attitude is enough to enable his fairy tale world to go on forever.