When art involves conscious for decision-making and portrait reflects self-consciousness, then what exactly the message or meaning of portrait? Why do certain artists decide to create other people as an object as a visual archives of presence and somehow decidedly so in a particular time and space? The question declares itself; “Describing existence of one particular object”.
Portrait painting of someone we know and stranger are often having a common issue: it’s not about the familiarity (resemblance) of the subject and the vision into a painting. Most of party are stated portrait painting is about imitation from ‘mimesis’ which are from classic Geek philosophy, Plato. Hand-Georg Gadamer said ‘mimesis’ is widely known “has the sense of ‘making the absent present”. To actualized of ‘nothing’ into ‘something’. When there are many of interpretation of Portrait itself. To manifest idea into physical. Xie Dongming as the most well-known realism painter from China.
Through paintings Dongming not only noted as ‘existed’ but actualized the idea of life and culture of China. Dongming creates the portrait not fully realism but also expressionism at the same time. The power of the expression from the paintings also giving us the idea of identity through the technique and color material. He could brought us to get close to our feelings to whom see it, also summarized his or ourselves experiences of live interaction that contained intention of appreciation and value.
The result that he want to reach, not only for the value of ‘accuracy’ about certain situation or events but the accession of experiences of beauty. The portrait tells manifestation of reaching its own beauty, rather than fully speaking for the object instead.
Selfscape by Xie Dongming
15–24 February 2017 | 10.00 – 18.00 WIB
Gedung D Galeri Nasional Indonesia