Into the Mind’s Scene 07.30-09.25.2016
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A scene is the reflection of one’s heart, delivering the refined, subtle resonance that touches one’s heart and that is touched.  
Into the Mind’s Scene simply putis the projection of artists’ ego on a scene. “Into” is employed to express the refined, subtle resonance that touches one’s heart and that is touched. The exhibition is being staged in the main building of the Artnutri Gallery, Sanyi, and ART Taichung, displaying the works of artists Xue Xing Biao, Song Ci Wei, Li Ying Wei, and Chen Chia En. The genuine responses these artists have made when living with nature serve as the exhibitions’ theme.
What is the concept presented in Xue’s scene? In his freehand style and the use of imagery seems to exist the typical Chinese landscape philosophy. Here is not only the aspect of viewing, e.g., “imaging the small from the big,” but also that of the corresponding representation, e.g., “ideogram” and “texture language.”
The originality of the scenes in imagist oil paintings lies in the texture methods (cunfa) appearing in landscape painting (shan shui) of the Song Dynasty. From then on, the artistic language of texture methods has become richer, which is nonexistent in western oil painting; however, it is presented in Xue’s oil painting. In his work, the texture and brushstrokes of mountains in association with the overlap and tension of the color layers present such images as “fupicun,” “pimacun,” and “moss dot.” Xue’s imagist oil painting is not intended to express in form but in texture or quality, in the blending of brushstrokes and the conveyance of certain ethos.
Artist Song Ci Wei, who comes from Guizhou, paints mountains stretching across the landscape of the Yungui Plateau in southwest China, which seems like a clear, sunny, bright sight after the rain. Most of his work captures a wide variety of aspects in real life with a traditional realistic approach, particularly with the creative perspective of regional culture. Because of his long-term residence there, his work genuinely catches the zeitgeist and living conditions of the contemporary peoples on the plateau, praising the peace and harmony of people’s lives.
Since 2011, Li Ying Wei’s Intimate with Nature series has portrayed each living corner of northeastern China such as mountain dwellings, wetlands, trees, and swamps. His paintings always give a serene, placid air. Each ordinary, inconspicuous corner depicted in his work inspires the audience each and every time, powerfully evoking their memories of all the states of growth in life. With an ornate yet subtle techniques and unique tone, he expresses his attitude towards society and the environment as well as his personal memories. The visual impacts, being well-arranged and elaborate, exhibit nature’s time and its richness.
Chen Chia En, a young female artist, combined with a soft, modest, and elegant temperament, creates romantic aspects of nature. During her creative career, she has adhered purity and a simple and carefree attitude in her paintings and ceramics, and has enriched her life to which an artistic manner is applied. Her work, portraying Taiwan’s mountain and flower scenery, transfers the stretch of field in her heart out beyond where the eye can see, and then combines it with the sense of touch, feeling the warmth and moistness that has filled the earth.