Shen Jingdong – 2007
英雄
Hero

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英雄

一尊白色陶瓷半身人像雕塑,遠遠看去,以爲是毛主席他老人家。走近一看,是呆呆的一個解放軍戰士像。特別地,引起我們這些‘60前’人士的興趣。天子與士兵,神與人,瘋狂與拒絕瘋狂的兩個時代,就這樣被沈敬東統一在一起。

敬東為普通一兵塑像。我想起80年代看羅中立的油畫“父親”。父親不是斯大林、毛澤東,金日成······嗎!?原來,真正養育我們,值得我們感恩的是深受苦難,如此平凡的一位老農民。

敬東的“普通一兵”,有人說,看似雷鋒,我看這個兵是以他本人的相貌為創作原型,他命名為“英雄”。這樣便是神,英雄與我於一體。神創造了英雄,英雄是我,我也是神。

敬東躦研陶瓷,先雕塑,後油畫。他找到了自己的符號。符號何其之重要:光頭與大嘴巴,舊招貼畫與舊照片都成爲藝術家建立風格與抒發自己對世界看法的符號。著名的“路易威登”(Louis Vuitton)手袋以三兩種符號為基礎來發展產品,搜盡了天下女人的錢財。

中國的當代油畫大多從苦難的文化大革命中走來。大多偏於沉重,悲情。

敬東的“解放軍油畫”沒有絲毫沉重感。構圖飽滿,充滿力量;質感強,筆觸爽快;顏色鮮明,生氣勃勃;人物形象公仔化,卡通化,可愛而有穿透力。看敬東的畫,我們聯想歴史,考量當前;我們體驗變遷,更感到光明。

方毓仁

二零零七年九月

Hero

At first glance the white porcelain statue by Shen Jingdong reminds us of Mao Zedong, but upon closer inspection it becomes apparent that the statue is that of a lowly PLA soldier. Shen’s statues resonate especially with the pre-1960’s generation. Emperor and soldier, god and man, revolution and peace, all these things are united in one piece of art.

Shen Jingdong sculpts the faces of ordinary soldiers. This reminds me of Luo Zhongli’s painting “Father”, which was first exhibited in the 1980’s. At that time we were conditioned to think of a father figure as someone like Stalin, Mao or Kim Il-sung, but “father” could also mean just an ordinary farmer who has suffered life’s hardships and whose hardships are engraved in the deep wrinkles on his face as depicted in Luo’s painting.

People have said Shen Jingdong’s soldier looks like Lei Feng (a model hero of the Mao era), but I think his statue is the image of Shen Jingdong himself. He named his series “Hero” unifying the god, the hero and himself into one identity. “God created the hero, the hero is me, and I am the god.”

Shen Jingdong studied the art of porcelain; first he made sculpture and then later started oil painting. He has found his own iconic symbol, symbols are so important in art; the bald head or big mouth, the old poster or old photograph, these items have all become recognizable symbols, representing the style of the artist, conveying their point of view and the way they see the world. International designer Louis Vuiton developed two or three kinds of patterns and with these has developed all kinds of products making a fortune from women from all over the world.

Chinese contemporary art mostly has its roots in the hard times of the Cultural Revolution; many of the works feel heavy and laden with sadness.

Shen Jingdong’s oil painting series have no heaviness about them, the composition technique is powerful, you can feel the quality, and sense the smoothness of his strokes, his colours are lively and fresh. The figures themselves are doll-like even cartoonish and easy to like. Viewing Shen Jingdong’s paintings make us think about our history and make us compare it with our current life experiences, making us feel happy and bright.

Fong Yuk Yan

September 2007