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SU YU
We are Sojourners 我们是寄居者 !
June 17th – September 30th 2020
ONLINE VIEWING with ARTNET



午后的争吵 The Quarrel in the Afternoon
2016
布面油画 oil on canvas
200 x 180 cm


text by Shi Liang, October, 2019


我试着不用过去的经验和艺术的喜好去看年轻画家的作品,说实话是不容易做到的,一来所建立起来的价值判断没有理由推翻,二来经验所证明的判断确有说服力,从这个角度看,我非常喜欢苏宇!是我非常得意的学生。
苏宇具有独立的思考和判断能力,艺术的思维敏锐具有韧性,在艺术的价值观上清晰明确,具有非常自我的构建意识,艺术的表达方式上尊重传统的精神和语言价值,在精神和情感的诉诸和表达上具有现实的批判性和温暖的悲悯感。他所有作品的灵感来自现实的世界,具有可信的情感基础,但又不是廉价和世侩的粉饰和图解现实。他尊重他自己感知到的现实,把这一切当做他艺术生成和表达的基础,不拔高,不曲解,不做作,以和生活的平行态度驾驭他自己艺术的基调,在平凡的生活中寻找艺术动人的基因,在世俗的世界里超越世侩,他仰望星空,却坚实的行走在现实的地面上。他从现实和内心出发,用他生命的信念,对绘画的热爱,不妥协的意志,勤勉不缀的艺术劳作,为自己赢得尊严!
看一个年轻艺术家的未来,首先看他艺术追求的目标,二看他艺术思辩和判断能力,三看他艺术价值观念的取向,四是看他持守和抗压的意志品格。当然最重要的是他必须有支撑起这些因素的才华做基础。在一个天才面前你只有叹气。看苏宇画画有两种生理反应:一是眼发直,二是手出汗。以他的学画经历算不得体面,他绘画基础除去不专业的基本教育外,来自少年对涂抹的热爱,少年的他把青春的荷尔蒙都发泄在对形与色的兴致和对大师作品的摹习追慕上,看他画画的本事和水准,我就不能用受教育的程度去衡量他绘画的水平了。都说勤能补拙,我相信。可我更相信天才是挡不住的!你看他行笔有形有趣,色彩沉稳辉煌。画面潇洒自如。最重要的是已经开始用他的才华讲自己的故事。没错!我说的就是你,有天份的苏宇。
此前曾赞苏宇天才。有一种人是勤能补拙,有一种人伸手唾得。他是二者合一,在青年时期有这种气象的有当年同窗的刘小东和赵半狄。多年后,我看到了另一个有类似才华的青年人苏宇也具不费吹灰之力便烟飞灰灭之能。陈丹青老师曾赞苏宇是大手笔。前两年拆迁现场写生,一气呵成,神情兼备,张驰有度,松紧有节。大散手、活赶趟,行笔憨畅、色彩张扬。已登堂入室,俨然有样。近几年随着他生活的不断的积累,艺术思考的维度和深度得到了极大的提升,作品的力度和对现实意义表现更加有力明确,作品内涵愈发深刻,内容涵盖生活的方方面面,绘画的语言能力在艺术思考和形成自我的驱使下自然的提升,呈现出勃勃生机,散发着生命的力量和孜孜以求的盎然活力。苏宇有信仰、有情怀、有理想、有担当,深知艺途中的陷阱和诱惑,面对一切他有勇气舍弃眼下的世俗利益。这在当下社会艺术生态里是一种积极的力量,是不可多得的活性因子。

艺术的问题首先是人的问题,哪里有生活,哪里就有问题,艺术家就是用自己的感知找到痛点,发现问题,提出问题,用自己最自然和独特的艺术本体语言,提供有视觉性和思想空间的艺术创造。从这个意义上来说苏宇是一个有未来的青年艺术家,符合当代具象的艺术理念,中国当代具象艺术中心非常乐于推出这样有未来的艺术家!
預祝展览能引起广泛的思考和关注!


Honestly, it’s not always easy for me to appreciate the works of young painters without relying on my past experiences and artistic preferences. For one thing, I have no reason to overthrow the already established value judgments; for another, the experience-tested judgments are indeed more convincing. From this perspective, I like Su Yu very much! I'm very proud of him.

With the capabilities of independent thinking and judgement as well as a sharp and tenacious mind for art, he shares a clearly defined art value and a conscious self-construction awareness. Respects are shown to traditional spirits and language values in terms of artistic expressions, with the realistic criticism and warm compassion pervading in spiritual and emotional expression. Inspired by the real world, all his works are credibly based on emotions, disdaining to sugarcoating or illustrating the reality in a cheap and vulgar way. The reality he perceives is also what he respects, which is regarded as the basis of his artistic creation and expression. Without exaggeration, misinterpretation, and affectation, he controls the tone of his own art with the same attitude to life, and seeks the touching pieces of art in ordinary life. With his mind beyond the secular world, he looks up at the stars, while walking solidly on the ground. Starting from reality and his own heart, he wins himself dignity with his life's beliefs, his passion for painting, his uncompromising will, as well as his diligence for artistic works.

The future of a young artist is defined by artistic pursuits, artistic thinking and judgment abilities, artistic values, persistence, and stress-handling capability. Most importantly, talents must serve as the foundation of all these factors. You will do nothing but sigh in front of a genius. Two physiological reactions are noticeable when Su is painting, staring eyes and sweating hands. His studies in painting were barely decent. His basis of painting derives from the unprofessional basic education, as well as his passion for painting from childhood. His zest for shapes and colors as well as the worship for masterpieces are an outlet for his hormones as a little boy. His overall strength amazes me, forcing me to dismiss the cliché of measuring the level of paintings from the level of education. The truth has been repeated over and over that practice makes perfect, and I’m a loyal believer. But I have more faith in the cream always rises to the top! His style of drawing presents a tangible and interesting trend, and the color is calm and brilliant. The sense of casual ease can be felt in the scene. And most importantly, he has begun to tell his own stories with his talents. That's right! I am talking about you, Su Yu, the talented.

Previously, I have praised Su as a genius. There are two kinds of people, who practice diligence redeems stupidity, and who easily can get things within reach, while Su is the combination of the two. The same spirits, in one’s youth, can be felt from Liu Xiaodong and Zhao Bandi, my school mates. After many years, Su Yu, another young man with similar talents, can also create overwhelmingly stunning works effortlessly. Chen Danqing, a famous Chinese painter, once spoke highly of him as as a big shot. Two years ago, he sketched at a demolition site at a heat, with the emphasis on the spirit and shape, as well as the exhibition of complete flexibility. Merry and dizzy, he smoothly swung his brushes with bright colors, which already seemed quite proficient and professional. The continuous accumulation of life experiences in recent years has greatly improved the dimension and depth of his artistic thinking. The power of his works and the expression of the actual meaning are more powerful and clear. With more profundity in the content of his works, he tries touching upon all aspects of life. The language ability of painting is naturally promoted by the artistic thinking and the formation of self, full of vitality, the power of life and the diligently striving vitality. With faiths, feelings, ideals, and responsibilities, he fully realizes the traps and temptations in his art career, with the courage to abandon current secular interests in face of everything. As a positive force, he is also a rare active factor in the current social and artistic ecology.

The problem of art, is first of all, the problem of human beings. Wherever there is life, there is a problem. Artists use their own perceptions to find pain points, discover problems and ask questions, providing the artistic creation of visuality and thinking space with his most natural and unique artistic ontology language. In this sense, Su Yu is a young artist with great potentials, which is in line with the contemporary figurative art concept. The Centre for Chinese Contemporary Figurative Art will be rejoiced to introduce such an artist!

I wish the exhibition can attract widespread thinking and attention!



逝去的记忆 Past Memories
2018
布面油画 oil on canvas
200 x 180 cm



活下来 Surviving
2017
布面油画 oil on canvas
200 x 180 cm