Painting is the rendering of things in three-dimensional space through two-dimensional. Points, lines, and surfaces constitute a picture. They also construct a new universe and a whole new world. YIART selected five artworks from the artists: Syaiful Garibaldi, Shi Jinhua, Wu Yiming, and Qin Yifeng. Each piece of artwork created unique regular infinity with delicate lines. Each artist uses lines to convey different philosophy and metaphors for life and changes in the world. Some lines depict the past in the eyes of modern people.
Syaiful Garibaldi 1985-
Syaiful Garibaldi was born in Jakarta, Indonesia. His friends call him Tepu. During college, he studied in Agriculture, and then gradually changed his major to art creating, and eventually obtained a degree in print art from the Bandung University of Technology. Due to his experience across the two fields of art and science, it has given him nutrients in creating. When he studied in agriculture, he often buried himself in the laboratory. Tepu observed microorganisms and fungi through a microscope and was deeply attracted by it. After that, he applied these visual experiences to his creation. He interpreted the shape and evolution of the process of cells on paper, canvas and video. He observes the microbial world through a microscope, not only the visual beauty of the microbe itself, but its decomposition also arouses his interest. From a biological point of view, the decomposition process reproduces the cycles of death, decay, regeneration, and a new circle of life. What is special about Tepu's creation is that he combines nature's endless life and philosophy of life with lines, and uses delicate colours to construct his view of the universe.
Shi Jin-Hua 1964-
Born in Penghu Magong in 1964, he is one of Taiwan's conceptual performance artists. Because of suffering from diabetes, he had to monitor and record his physical condition every day since he was 17. Therefore, "measurement" became an important part of his life. Early discovery of the fate of his destiny also allowed Shi to start thinking about the meaning and purpose of life. These inspirations became the nutrients of his creation. From the harsh living conditions, these compelled experiences made Shi use the body as a tool to measure behaviour in a non-objective way, to question the existence of objective and subjective. There are two main types of Shi's performance works, one is writing and the other is measuring. He metaphorizes the line constructed by the pen as human life. The existence from this point to the next point remains a mystery, but it seems to be alive in experience, so it is subconsciously connected into a line. The "walking pen series" is like the reflection of Shi's life, and it undoubtedly shows his personal religious view. In his daily "walk", he turns his life experience into a "line". The path is similar but also different, just like our lives.
Wu Yi-Ming 1966-
Wu Yi-Ming, who was under complete training in traditional calligraphy and painting, has a high degree of mastery and attainment in ink painting. In his creation, the audience can find the implicit softness of ink painting, the typical restrained and introspective characteristics of oriental thinking. Meanwhile, different from traditional ink painting, Wu uses living objects instead. Only things that have appeared in his life will become the protagonists in his paintings, such as his beloved Song porcelain, urban people, and even bugs and cockroaches in pots, showing the simplicity in Chinese painting. Wu will use bold colours and unsmooth brushwork, which is different from the ancients who used low saturation and smooth brushstrokes. It is against tradition to express his ideas and create his symbols. In ancient times, art belonged to the emperor and nobles. Art becomes a courtier who attaches to imperial power, is full of political meaning and lacks an independent personality. Wu has the profound significance of showing his personal views on life, experience and the possibility of exploring them with the colors of life and modernity. The patterns of Song porcelain have a sense of handwork, and the works are straightforward to express the heart of the craftsman. It can also see the natural relationship between the Song people's admiration of meaning and type. Wu cared about how to express Song Porcelain's lines and shapes in an emotional way.
Qin Yi-Feng 1961-
Qin Yifeng's "line field" fully embodies the personal characteristics of the complete and rigorously structured formal beauty and the self-discipline requirements for the balance between reason and sensibility. The use of dense lines stacked on the plane creates a dynamic illusion. The streamlined and beautiful network lines express the endless changes to the spatial relationship, visual reality and inner heart. With a series of contrasts: straight and curve, discussing changes in life, there are obvious and unintended.
Through simple elements, with a layer of brushstrokes and paint, a quiet atmosphere is created. It was a continuous process, not limited to the works of the picture. Qin said, "After walking through a line, it takes time but leaves space. The line is the displacement of life. Life is still there, and the line goes with it. "