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Wei Huidong: Returning to the Garden with the Spirit of Art 2018-07-17

 

"To a series of · passengers" (oil painting) Wei Huidong business card Wei Huidong, Zhejiang Zhangzhou, graduated from China Academy of Art, is now a member of the Chinese Artists Association, director of the Zhejiang Artists Association, deputy secretary-general of the Zhejiang Printmakers Association, Ningbo Secretary-General of the Municipal Artists Association and a part-time master of Zhejiang Normal University. His works won the highest prize of the 6th National Youth Art Exhibition, the “Hundred Years of Dreams” Zhejiang Fine Art Creation Project Creation Award, the Zhejiang Printmaking Exhibition Excellence Award, the First National Comprehensive Material Painting Biennale Excellence Award, and the 6th Youth Art of Zhejiang Province. Works exhibition excellence awards, etc. He was also selected as the “New Peak Plan” for the training of young talents in visual arts in Zhejiang Province. Some works have been collected by Zhejiang Art Museum, Zhejiang Exhibition Hall, China Academy of Art and other institutions. Wei Huidong is a painter, but more often he is a meditator and reader. He likes Heidegger's existential philosophy, and also reads Kafka and Haruki Murakami's works, and has also been involved in Buddhism and Taoism. His paintings are inscrutable from the title. At the 6th National Youth Art Exhibition, which ended at the end of last month, his comprehensive material work “When Zhuangzi Meets Kafka” was awarded the highest award and was directly selected as the 13th National Art Exhibition. As a painter with a professional printmaking style, Wei Huidong copied some of the texts in Zhuangzi's "Easy Travel" and Kafka's "Transformation" in this work, and let them appear in an awkward manner. At the same time, he put the fish of "the non-fish, the fish that knows the fish" and the beetle of the human body in Kafka's novels in the same picture. Wei Huidong said that Zhuangzi pursues a realm of selflessness, no merit, and no name, and swims infinity without any dependence. This is the real "free travel". Kafka, the father of Western modern literature, used his novels to reflect on human alienation and became a "non-human", becoming a "beetle" involuntarily, reflecting the social destiny of modern people. "Zhuangzi and Kafka, both of which are based on the experience of the world, cut into the social view, the same works, the opposite direction, the spirit of inner pursuit is the realm of absolute freedom of life." Wei Huidong admits that his artistic creation tries to show the fog Self, explore what Russell said, "Why am I alive?" “Painting can reach directly into my heart, which is the best way for my soul to appeal.” The artistic pursuit and artistic personality of Dafan artists are related to their experiences and personalities. Wei Huidong's torture of the meaning of existence in artistic creation originated from a Tibetan experience in the university era. That year, he and his classmates came to the Tibetan area of ​​Gannan, and witnessed the mountainous clothing and dry bones on the celestial burial platform at the foot of the snowy mountain and the vultures hovering. "The end of life turned out to be like dust. Living, what is the significance?" In the four or five years after graduation, Wei Huidong hardly made any paintings. He has read a large number of books, including the work of the philosopher Heidegger. From the perspective of literary history, he naturally found their source in the works of Japanese writers Kawabata Yasunari and Haruki Murakami - Kafka. He also strongly agrees with Rousseau that "people are born free and free, but there is no shackles." Then, how do life individuals face various kinds of restraints and temptations in the red world? In the comprehensive material work "The Form of Binding", he is bound by the red line through the female model in the picture, reflecting the various constraints of desire and temptation on people in the chaotic world. In Wei Huidong's paintings, images of scriptures, beetles, fish, and dragonflies often appear. "I tried to use these images to repeat, allegorical display of seemingly abnormal, but can directly point to the survival of the human heart." In these years, Wei Huidong's works from "life exists" "life legacy" "life mirror" series Go to the "Shackles of Life", "Thirty Years of Struggle", "Forms of Binding", and then to "Life to Ask", "Toward a Series of", "To Kafka", "Kafka-style Philosophy", etc. Without exception, he is a kind of dialogue with his inner heart and a constant questioning of the meaning of existence. The famous curator and critic Yan Jingpeng believes: "Wei Huidong's works present the inferiority of the human heart, and sublimate this inferiority into a kind of pessimistic consciousness, and then use art to actively explore the way of spiritual redemption." In the artistic language The bold innovation on this is also the reason why Wei Huidong's works can win the highest award in the National Youth Art Exhibition. As early as 2009, during his postgraduate studies at the China Academy of Art, Wei Huidong, under the guidance of Zhang Yuanfan, Cai Feng, Kong Guoqiao and other instructors, tried to reproduce the repeated forms of linear strokes and scripture characters to highlight the sense of form. In the works such as "To pay tribute to Master Hongyi", these metaphysical linear strokes fill the picture, constantly repeating symbolic repetition, and deepening and expanding. In the process of continuous swaying of each line and each color, Wei Huidong’s heart calmed down. "This is a serious and persistent psychological experience process. In this process, people will break away from the troubles of the world, enter the state of Guanzhi and Dinghui, and present a self-speaking and spiritual nirvana." Wei Huidong's works Among them, Master Hong Yi is the most visible figurative figure. In "To Hong a series of passengers", the master dressed in a robes, carrying a bag, wearing a brawl, marching in the realm of death, leaving a strong back. Master Hongyi’s life, life is art, art is life, and finally from the beautiful to the plain, this is the state of life of Wei Huidong. He is like a devout believer in art, to find the answer to life, to find the return of the spirit.