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When the fairy tale into reality
Born in 1982, Fu Yu, introverted, sensitive, from his paintings can feel that he is very sensitive brushwork and color, if it is put in the extreme when painting and ecstasy, it is impossible to create that unique atmosphere. In the hustle and bustle of reality, Fu Yu somewhat stubbornly maintained traditional sense of the temperament of the artist - stressed feelings, and has a wide and complete inner world. His QQ signature is: do your own work, so that their daily life is full and happy.
Fu Yu's paintings at first glance, maybe we'll he would be roughly classified into the more popular a few years ago, "cartoon generation" at home. Indeed, in the vision, his paintings have a very contemporary visual image: colorful composition with dark contrast, subversive fairy tale scenes, like some wanton strokes, all in subversion of public consensus on traditional painting: beautiful , delicate, pleasant. However, this "contemporary" feeling is actually in the visual level, compared with the traditional paintings drawn from simple conclusion: not the same as with the traditional, not the same as with ordinary people, "personality", not to be understood is the "Contemporary Art . " Most are called "cartoon" works, are relying on the subversion of the visual sense to obtain a "contemporary" identity. But the art of Fu Yu is clearly not the case, he summed up the cartoon generation, in fact, is one-sided.
From the dedication of painting this regard, Fu Yu is actually somewhat traditional. Carefully taste of his paintings, you can feel the atmosphere from the screen to have with traditional and classic temperament. For a long period of time, Fu Yu art paintings are mainly thinking how much expressive power, for which he tried a lot of aircraft under art, installation, performance, video, etc., and this does not meet the traditional painting expressive desire, in his later paintings were apparent - he often put themselves in the exhibition of painting as part of field devices, while many of his paintings such as "Historical Memorandum" series, also showed significant means intentions. Many classic artists such as Ba Da Qi, Huang, the traditional folk paper-cut, have been absorbed into their own pay Henan painting, with his life experience in Shanxi native, folk, original resonate; based on both artistic College of vision, from which he French modernist artists Dubuffet's native art, graffiti found some children echoed things. Relatively broad vision and shattered body of knowledge, let Fu Yu established his style of painting: a symbol of playful items and styling, in fresh, bright colors and crisp but the whole place dark, mutilated, with a breath of death scene, reminiscent of the disaster left by the children items, with a strong symbolic overtones of these scenes and the atmosphere, causing a lot of problems thinking: modern civilization contradiction with the traditional way of life, death and the ultimate meaning of life , the value of time and memory, reality and nothingness winding, and so on.
If Fu Yu's paintings just stay in discussion and reflection on these macro issues, then obviously it will lose its practical significance. Since ancient times, humans of all religious and cultural politics, can not escape the scope of these macro issues. If so, art becomes a sloganeering and contemporary everyone, all of those who have let us passionately ambitious wording lost enthusiasm. Fu Yu is an emphasis on inner experience of the painter, he did not pass a direct and effective way intervene in reality - and the "direct" and "specific" as the value of contemporary art to realize their usual strategy. In this sense, Fu Yu may not be summed up as contemporary artists, but if it is drawing on China's specific historical context, in fact, have a very real sense - his ideas are with their paintings and obvious social characteristics after 80. 80 is an abused word in the strict sense is also not a rigorous sociological concepts. However, China's reform and opening comb history, we will find the so-called 80 overall experienced a social transformation, they are a group of people with special experience, with some of the typical cultural characteristics, the concept features. In a sense, this generation of China's reform sample reflects their ideas is the concept of the reform period. They experienced a brief eighties idealism, they build self-awareness of the most important childhood, entering the eye is generally optimistic climate of reform, and the abrupt end of idealism, and thus is once again brought economic reform optimism . In this context, China's 80 children among the first generation of the system has a fairy tale, cartoon, fairy tale, fairy tale world and the toy does not completely replace the traditional social and moral enlightenment. They went through family planning, experienced parents laid off, through the college entrance examination enrollment, experienced a massive advent of the Internet age, experienced a dwelling era - their youth, in fact, is accompanied by the Chinese economic system reform, and experience the impact of the reform. Meanwhile, these people retained many hearts idealism and pure side, most of them have a complete system of fairy tales, while also facing increasingly harsh reality, we will have such an experience, after 90 children have become accustomed to the new economic and social rules, but altogether more realistic, and 80-85 years or so children, the gap between reality and fairy tale should be the biggest, they are the most prone to the ideal and reality tangle of a group of people.
In this historical context, Fu Yu's painting is very intuitive to point this generation of knowledge in the face of the reality of childhood after crushing feeling. His experience is extremely individual, and yet is typical of universal significance. In the "empty thread" series, Fu Yu clearly express this feeling:
"Empty thread" series, "empty" here refers to space, "thread" means I'm the kind of childhood innocence and pure heart Remembrance. "Empty thread" series of the Lord through their own feelings, to convey each living in the moment in this fast-paced society people's inner self becomes increasingly narrow space, your own piece of pure space rapidly reduced and eventually left the same as the Matchbox own only a small a space. On the other hand it also gives the kind of self childhood innocence, pure spiritual yearning.
When infused ideal childhood before reality shattered when we first caught in a confused and lost, will lead to the collapse of values, the meaning of life re-questioning. Fu Yu in "historical memo" wrote: "They can not find the setting that I do not know their own direction, just like most of us confused." This sense of loss once in the eight years of the poet and rock singer appeared there, Today they appear in this generation. This sense of loss is different from the individual's intimate emotions, it comes from the history of the Chinese revolution to bring the values of an update, "fairy tale" in China has never been a literary concept, but a children's version of the ideology of irrigation. In this sense, it is the idea of social change in China sample. Same time, this sense of loss is not passive, but will lead us to reflect on - we were implanted idea is so good, it is also so unreal, in this wonderful promise, we have collectively lost independence; We believe that the kind of "arrangement" will lead us to happiness, but this arrangement was in reality default. In the "Pinocchio", the payment of Henan very clearly expressed this sentiment:
"I've always been just a little puppet, limbs tied a thin line, and it was struck a chord (with an emotion called anger) and I looked up to see hard line on the other side, I would like to know whom I Domination, but found that a child who called their parents (with an emotion called frustration) I feebly swinging limbs, I know it will not cost me a lot of effort, because the cable! may in fact I was paying a lot of energy, I Care must be taken with line dancing can not make a contrary action ...... "
This reflection is reflected in Fu Yu began painting in the graduate level, especially in the "rat" series, you can feel, though still select a pet styling, but the energy has begun from the individual's sense of melancholy, transfer to one kind of calm and Reflections on humor, fantasy scene also began to favor realistic and specific issues. "The future sale" for the business community expressed thinking, "look" series expressed on the education of children with the ideology of breath thinking, are suggesting Fu Yu think about getting specific, this is a re-establish self- awareness course. It is also based on this "specific", Fu Yu this seemingly young, fairy, fun painting, has a certain contemporary significance, while they really are so beautiful.
China Securities newspaper hero
December 28, 2012 in Beijing