Exploring the Self
Source:Artintern.net Author:Xie Dongming Date: 2013-09-23 Size:
Tibet, top of the world, has become Shangying’s focus of art for the past three years. He was immediately overwhelmed by “the pristine, ethereal and enigmatic atmosphere” after he arrived there for the first time in 2011.

Tibet, top of the world, has become Shangying’s focus of art for the past three years. He was immediately overwhelmed by “the pristine, ethereal and enigmatic atmosphere” after he arrived there for the first time in 2011. The Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau is also a land of my dreams. Having been there myself more than once for her irresistible charm, I really understand Shangying when he was struck by this land.   Once again he stepped on this magic and sacred plateau like a dream chaser. The works on this exhibition are actually what he collected from this trip to his dream.


These works, mostly featuring the less-travelled vast land and lakes, unveil the holy territory in Shangying’s inner world. His preference for lakes is manifested in the sharp contrast between the bright and calm lake and the restless sky, the former usually becoming the source of the strong light in these painting that are subjective expression rather than objective reproduction. He was, for the first time, “too weak and vulnerable to paint from life in front of such landscape” when he first arrived, but he managed to place the large canvas by the sacred lake a year late. He seemed to be entering his dreamland in the hope that his inner world and the painting brush would be in the reality of a dream. These paintings, while opening a window to his private world, his life experience and to his reflections about life, reveals us how he tries to explore by struggling with his self in the wilderness and searching for the lost soul in the modern world. His pursuit reminds me of those great masters on the road prior to him, like Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cezanne, etc… Why are we here? Industrial civilizatition and modern technology have changed our state of life, but the great advance in material life has led us astray in the mind. What can we resort to if we want to salvage our degraded and depressed contemporary culture? Shangying made his effort to quest on the top of the world, so these works he did in the last three years attest to his painstaking pursuit. What these works bring us, however, is still the question that our forefathers have kept asking for millions of years: Who we are? Where did we come from? Where are we heading?      

                                                 

                                            September 13, 2013


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