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Professor Dai Zengjun¡¯s Oil Painting Exhibition

Date£º 2014-05-20  




     May 4, 2013,  Professor Dai Zengjun of Shool of Architecture and Arts Design ¡¯s Oil Painting Exhibition was held in Hebei Exhibition Center. The exhibition lasted from May 4, to May 10.  Quite a few experts and scholars from more than then institutions and orgnizations attended the the exhibition.  The opening ceremony was hosted by professor Wu Yong, President of School of Arts Design and Architecture, STDU. Vice president of STDU Liu Zhihua, Yang Shaopu, Zhao Yuexia attended the opening Ceremony. And vice-president Liu Zhihua delivered a speech of congratulations.        




                          Behind the ridicule


                                                  by       ChenLijun



    The oil paintings created by DaiZengjun in recent two years are more and more obviously full of ridicule , in which the elaborate conception of drama plot is introduced by the paradox logic to the audience to open a gate of closely reading oneself, but not to ask himself what he has questioned, letting the audience¡¯s thinking about wasteland of spirit derived by life details mixture in picture being continued in confusing. Make fun of himself at the same time make fun of his audience. Make fun of his audience at the same time make fun of life, and the ridicule has become DaiZengJun¡¯s important art characteristics of canvas work.

      The meaning of ridicule is using language to mock and laugh at. When ridicule involves the relationship of people and society, it has ingredient of "black humor". Black humor rises from the United States in the 1960s, and it is a school of literature basing on the existential ideological, working in concert with the French grotesque comedy and reflecting the contradiction between man and society. "Black humor" as an aesthetic form belongs to the comedy category but with tragic hues. In the technology, it often combines the narrating of real life and fantasy with memory. It confuses the serious philosophy and cutting in a joke. With a kind of helpless and indifferent attitude to mock the disharmony between environment and personal, it puts this disharmony into amplification and deformation as well as makes itself appear funnier. So the author can rely on it to express his opinion for social problems. DaiZengjun¡¯s canvas works have the ingredients of "black humor¡±, but at the same time keep the Chinese way of thinking and living habits.  Being in a mask of gentility to narrative, it belongs to the typical "made in China". Actually, in the times of the contemporary art field talking about how to match art nationality and contemporary with the world art, and on the art itself talking about art simply is not likely to solve problems completely .The future of "China oil painting" will inevitably face the fusion of cultural uniqueness and universality as well as the two major premises which are artists¡¯ cultural values and the transformation of thinking mode. As a young artist, the choice of direction, research methods and ways made by DaiZengjun seems correct at present undoubtedly, and this is also why Venice biennale curator Mr. Vincenzo Sanfo pay attention to his work.


      The ridicule displayed by DaiZengjun¡¯s painting contains heavy and anguish, depression and cruel in the cynicism. It sums up as following features: No.1, Imply the solemnity into the absurdity. DaiZengjun¡¯s crazy pursuit for ridicule of picture reflects in the precision design from head to foot, from the title to the content organization, from the real figures to the dislocation of the behavior, from the extract of freehand brushwork in the Northern Song Dynasty flower ?and- bird scenery to the illusion in picture of the scene. No one is not through a long time of fine weaving and eventually achieves instant relax. Use the ridicule attitude to pull the distance with reality in order to maintain the dignity of independent artists, making the ridicule that seems absurd to be social. No.2, the picture has artistic characteristics of metaphor and symbolism. In the painting of the same boat, the artist paints a punting man looking like the artist himself, and all the passengers on board are chickens, ducks, pigs, dogs those livestock. Although these livestock are in the same boat with human, the ideas are certainly not same as human. To pull together in times of trouble can be seen but in a crisis. Once landed, destinations are absolutely different. In the painting of Who Cares, a person confronts a tiger, and you can judge who is afraid of whom. In these pictures, actually symbolically indicates the interpersonal complexity, relating to human nature, moral, status, dignity those philosophical propositions. These contemplations about above problems makes ridicule to be heavy and cruel. No.3, subverts the traditional narrative structure. The traditional picture organization principle is for chaos to order, while DaiZengjun¡¯s picture content organization principle is for order to chaos. it emphasizes the humor and the noble serious things, combination of comedy and tragedy factors, seriously using comical, exaggeration, puns those artistic techniques, and in self-mocking to convey views on social issues.No.4,the type of antihero character. Contemporary art is a hasten child delivered by postmodernism, so it naturally relates to life closer. Artists pay more attention to unimportant persons¡¯ demands and maintenances of their own spiritual world. Seemingly insane people and objects in picture, on contrary, appear to be true and lovely under the reflection of reality. Its credible degree is not weakened by absurd and eccentric drama plot.

      In fact, each of us can imagine possessing the whole world, but unfortunately, the world is their only in the end. DaiZengjun tries to explain the existence of human on his own unique way of ridicule. When we are looking at the people and small animals in a boat pulling together in the times of trouble, people and the donkey in don¡¯t play with me, dog bites dog, my desire for fish, closing the eye cannot stand firmly, and who cares those new works, there is some helplessness catering to the taste of specific class. But in rare is that in these absurd drama scenes he can connect the truth and profound meaning behind the ridicule ingeniously together with philosophical propositions, that is, the same naked man appearing in the picture again and again. With playful screen image in confusion, it hints the audience who I am.

     In the terms of viewing habits, we start with falling into elaborated trap woven by wit and chaos. The former aesthetic habit is broken. The audience¡¯s logic is disrupted. We are attracted by a kind of well -conceived drama conflicts, and try to decipher the truth relying on our own subjective experience and consciousness. Along with a variety of suspicions magnified paradoxically and gradually, we cannot tell the attempt beyond the author. So far, audiences are forcibly taken into the second trap woven by self-reflection. On earth where does the significance of ridicule lie?  The conflicts triggered by ridicule make the audience lost in thought again. When we link up the illusory and real life as well as can¡¯t see directly what the life is, we have to do self-hint and self-explanatory in the trap set by artists, believing that there is relationship between fantasy and reality. Under the premise of various hypotheses getting established, we have believed the ridicule in the picture being life itself and will decipher it in a different direction. Dramatic ridicule comes to an end. Finally, the ridicule in the picture compels audiences raising question about their self-identity. Behind the truth should be life itself. Merely in confronting the ridicule, everyone¡¯s attitudes to life will become the same as people in painting who takes off the disguise and remains the inner truth free from social consciousness.

      In this era of materialistic, people gradually losing themselves, turning into the slave of machine and media, those who can make fun of life are the strong of life, those who can make fun of themselves are the best of the wise. In some cases, to be awareness of oneself behind oneself and the truth behind truth, the ridicule may be the most appropriate ways.


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