Hidden Dreams
Source:Artintern.net Author:Hu Zhen Date: 2013-11-22 Size:
When Joseph Beuys said everyone is an artist, he did not mean that everyone is a painter or sculptor; instead, he meant everyone has creative potential that should be found and trained.


When Joseph Beuys said everyone is an artist, he did not mean that everyone is a painter or sculptor; instead, he meant everyone has creative potential that should be found and trained.

Shi Pi is a lucky person, not only because he chose art as his profession in a city where art is not favored so much, but also his potential as an artist has been discovered and trained. He is capable of expressing all his fantastic ideas on a city by artistic means.

There are definitely extraordinary elements in these fantastic ideas. When looking at the works of Shi Pi, an ineloquent artist, we will find he is internally wild, and moreover, he is good at creating dreams, which are produced in an artistic manner!

According to Sigmund Freud's interpretation, dreams are hidden desires. The fact that people hide their desires is because what they see in dreams is what they often try to cover or deny when they are awake. In a dream, people’s repressed ideas will be shown in a variety of distorted ways. Psychoanalysts believe that a dream is a reflection of a series of images or events during the sleep. Through the interpretation of dreams, the most authentic human existence can be learned.

When your eyes linger on in Shi Pi’s works, you would spiritually dive into his dream. No matter whether he himself has realized or not, we can detect his recollections and reflections: he stays for a while despite the running time and he attempts to hold everything flowing out of his fingers quickly. We all live in similar cities, witnessing a similar process of development, and we seem to have adapted to all changing things, but just like him, there are indistinct unease and anxiety hidden in the bottom of our hearts. His dream is the manifestation of our repressed thoughts and the desire of our hearts that has been concealed. So all he wants to tell, as far as we are concerned, is straightforward expressed in his dream-like paintings: the isolated house is called Home; the unpopulated but vivid city is called Empty-City Ruse; the dilapidated house accompanied by plants in a glass cover is called Sand Table with Lotus...... They are all telling the changes in the city, as well as his personal feeling amid such violent changes. Urbanization is quickly proceeding, in which the old is wiped out fast. We seem to flexibly shuttle between steel and concrete forests, however, when we slow down to appreciate Shi Pi’s works calmly, a feeling of helplessness and melancholy grows in our heart.

Shi Pi produces his own dreams by artistic means, the dreams representing the ones of the people of a generation undergoing transformations and changes. Outside the dreams, he observes this world with his keen vision, but in the dreams, he restructures the symbols he collects to mould into his own painting language. We decode his language in his dream and then understand the underlying connotation.


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