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2016年11月24日

He Wenjue “Watch Movies”

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The artist grew up in cinema and watched all the best movies in his youth, so another natural theme presented itself to him but it took him a long time to imagine the proper technical way to paint movies.


Like He Wenjue’s works some of Luc Tuymans’ paintings tend to represent abstract emotions that are obtained by using blurry effects. Another contemporary artist, the German Johannes Kahrs takes photos and film stills as the starting point for his painting but reinterprets them and creates a new fiction by shifting tones and gradations and often leaving contours blurred. Consequently Kahrs radically changes the meaning of the original film still.
He Wenjue takes a different approach. From 2006 onwards he seriously started to paint movies focusing mainly on the themes that fascinate him.
Analyzing his artistic technique we discover a double selection process, which operates on two different levels, a more intellectual one for the selection of the movie and a more emotional one for the selection of the scene. Ultimately he needs to select from a pool of images many of which are ingrained in Asian collective memory. Instead of banal imagery, He Wenjue wants to find an image that fits in with his painterly mood and emotions, unlike may other Chinese artists who select from the multitude of media distributed images.

Written by Marc Bollansee