人生偶遇  Life Encounters (2008-)

《人生偶遇》是自2008年开始创作的一个系列。我随机选择一些我认识或相关联的人物画成肖像,并与一件物品、文献或视频并置。原计划完成100幅后组成一件装置作品,但至今仍在继续。以下为其中的几幅。

Life Encounters is a series I have beeng working on since 2008. A random selection of people I know or associate with are painted as portraits and juxtaposed with an object, document or video. The original plan was to form an installation when 100 portraits were completed, but it is still ongoing. Below are a few samples.

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        契科夫是我最喜爱的作家之一。上大学时我曾将一件耶稣木板画像覆盖,画上了他的头像,放在床头伴我十数载,直到文化大革命时被迫销毁。此件木板像为复制品。

      Anton  Chekhov is one of my favorite writers. When I was in college I painted him over a wooden panel portrait of Jesus which I kept by my bedside for more than ten years until I was forced to destroy it during the Cultural Revolution. This wood panel portrait is a reproduction.



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           自1950年代起,许多学习油画的中国人都崇拜罗马尼亚艺术家巴巴(Corneliu Baba ,1906-1997)但是既没有机会欣赏他的原作,也看不到  印的较好彩色的画册。只有黑白照片在学生中流传。我手制了这本巴巴的画册。一直保存到今天。

         Since the 1950s, many Chinese who studied oil painting have admired the Romanian artist Corneliu Baba (1906-1997). However, they had no opportunity to see his original works, nor could they see any good color reproductions. Only black and white photographs were circulated among the students. I made this book of Baba's paintings by hand and have kept it until today.





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            作家三毛曾于1989年访问杭州。我接待过她到浙江美术学院参观。自1990年初直到她邃然去世之前,她曾与我有过一段通信,谈到她回返大陆的感受和纠结。

             The writer Sanmao (Echo Chen) visited Hangzhou in 1989. I hosted her for a visit to the Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts where I taught. From early 1990 until her sudden death, she corresponded with me for a while about her feelings and entanglements in returning to the Mainland China.


sanmao 1




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            陈丹青和我相识四十多年。1980年代我每次去纽约时都会去他家坐坐,有时也会找陈逸飞等老友一起相见。

                     Chen Danqing and I have known each other for over forty years, and whenever I visited New York in the 1980s, I would visit   him in his apartment.  Sometimes we would meet with other old friends like Chen Yifei too.




       shengtian zheng © 2014