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2013年06月09日

Movie Watching—He Wenjue’s Contemporary Painting Exhibition

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Movie Watching

—He Wenjue’s Contemporary Painting Exhibition 

“I’ve been a big movie fan since I was a little boy. My mother used to work for a film company. I started to draw some advertising posters when I was a teenager. It’s a big pleasure for me to witness the centennial anniversary of Chinese cinema.” He Wenjue’s memory and life experience related with film are somewhat reflected in his art practice. As an epitome of memories of different eras, film turns out to be an effective medium for him to present his work and to showcase his understanding towards the dramatically changing society. To He Wenjue, what matters the most is the connection between his painting and himself as well as the present time. Within such connection he endeavors to find a way to visualize some fragmented moments of truth. 

“In the realm of Chinese contemporary art, personal experience and thinking of individual artist tend to be some kind of reflection of memory.” He Wenjue’s Movie Watching Series skillfully embody the influence of his memory of growth on his outlooks and values. Thanks to the effect which is somewhat similar to fragmented movie shots, He Wenjue manages to reconstruct a nonlinear narrative of the past time in which moments that really happened and that just existed in his imagination are both contained. A sense of helplessness and loss can be perceived in the paintings he presents.

As an artist, He Wenjue rose to fame at an early age. But in the Movie Watching Series something new and experimental can be clearly sensed, which makes the series a possible new starting point for his future journey in the world of art. 

Shen Qibin

Director, Zendai Group Cultural Undertakings 

July, 2011