Documenting the Landscape of Saint John笔墨天堂-圣约翰山水文献展

 

Dan Xu / Documenting the Landscape of Saint John

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Jan 17 – March 7

Saint John Arts Centre

Opening Reception: Friday, Jan 17, 2014, 6-8 pm

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        Through this exhibition I intend to reveal the landscape of Saint John from the perspective of Chinese eyes. I hope audiences can experience my painting works by opening their hearts to read the intact original natural environment of the greater Saint John area.

The historic sediments of the landscape in this area are what I read. The wind language from forests of past millennia is what I hear. The deer rambling around the people is a sight that I appreciate. Because of this, I feel immersed in a world with the finest nature and purest environment.

The lighthouses and covered bridges here are evidence to the centuries of evolution in the landscape. They recorded the honesty and purity of local people…………they are like guards to protect the people from mountain, hill and water.

Immersed in the landscape, as part of it, makes me calm and simple. It also gives me a feeling of an unparalleled luxury and beauty. How can I not appreciate that? I am always saying in various occasions that it is the landscape of Saint John that makes me truly understand the Chinese ancient paintings.

Thus, my Chinese pen is no longer for only describing the ancient Chinese landscapes. It is now time for it to illustrate Canada and what I see as the soul of the Canadian landscape.

To read my painting works and understand their stories, you do not need to know the Chinese painting language and do not need to know Chinese characters. What you need is calmness and to walk with me into the landscape that you are familiar with, and then you will be awakened from the soul travelling deep within your memories about Saint John and its maritime natural history.

This exhibition is an appreciation. It is an appreciation of the beauty and natural perfection of the landscape of the greater Saint John area.

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徐丹《笔墨天堂-圣约翰山水文献展》

时间:1月17日至3月7日

地点:圣约翰艺术中心 (Saint John Arts Centre)

开幕式:1月17日周五晚6点至8点

希望通过这个展览,去展示一位华裔眼里的加拿大,希望观众能和我一起,敞开心灵,去漫读圣约翰保存持完整的自然原生态。

圣约翰山水让我读到了岁月的沉厚;它的森林,让我读懂了千年多姿的风语;鹿影相随,让我感恩;我也因此,走入自然最纯净最美好的世界。

沉浸于其中,是一种平静,是一种淳朴,更是无比的奢侈与美好,我怎么能不感恩? 我不止一次、在不同场合说过,是圣约翰的山水让我真正读懂了中国的古画和古书。
这里的灯塔、这里的廊桥,保持着百年来渔人的淳朴,守候着这山,这水······

于是,我的中国笔,不再是中国的老山老水,它关于加拿大,它有着加拿大山水的灵魂。

在这,你不需懂中国绘画语言,更不需要懂汉字,只需你平静下来,随我游走这一幅幅真山真水,它会唤醒你的某些记忆,关于圣约翰,关于大西洋省,关于加拿大。
这个展览,让我感恩,感恩这美丽的圣约翰山水。

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