Viewing the Mystery of Cosmos and Cleaning the Dust of Soul
By Pi Daojian
As one of the main initiators of the "Experimental Ink and Wash" Movement, Liu Zijian is an artist who used to focus on both the artistic practices and theoretical debate in the 1990s, and still insists on the original intention of the "Experimental Ink and Wash" Movement and sticks to the field of plane painting with ink wash as the media material. He once said that he would pay attention to and express the theme of "disastrous consequences caused by the high development of material progress in the modern society" with "oriental wisdom" through "the form of ink wash". From the ink figurative painting named "Black Space" created in 1992, to the series of "Bright Celestial Images" created in 2007 and the series of "Misty Clouds and Soft Sunset" created in 2011, Liu Zijian's continuous attention and expression in the past 20 years enabled us to witness the spiritual image production process of a contemporary ink and wash artist.
The academic theme of this exhibition "Xuan Lan · Di Chen" originates from the evolution of artistic style and the sublimation of spiritual connotation of Liu Zijian's new works after 2011. "Xuan Lan" originates from "touring around all corners of the world and viewing the mystery of cosmos" (Li Sao), which is a way of aesthetic contemplation from the ancient Chu culture. It also refers to the rich and profound connotations and vast and wide perspectives of the artist, and the contemporary ink language paradigm from "Being extremely mysterious and abstruse, nature is the door of all secrets" (Lao Tzu). "Di Chen" is the aesthetic appeal of Liu Zijian. It is the contemporary version of the aesthetic classic exposition of "observing the truth of nature with a clear and pure mind" in the traditional Chinese landscape painting, and also the contemporary ink demonstration of the aesthetic ideal of detachment. Liu Zijian's strict requirement for the visual generation of easel painting as well as the experiment, construction and perfection of the new ink language, are vividly reflected in his new works. His early form of ink and wash painting has evolved into mysterious celestial images full of rhythm of life, centering on the firmament which we amaze and awe.
Taihe Art Gallery has always been committed to the dissemination and promotion of outstanding contemporary ink art, and this exhibition is one of the important projects of Taihe Space for the academic presentation of contemporary ink art.