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Catch a glimpse of life — Wang Mansheng

Catch a glimpse of life—Wang Mansheng , 2020, 9 min 30 s

Video: Wang Mansheng
Editor: Q Lin

Catch a glimpse of life—Wang Mansheng

“Lately, I have gathered the seeds I collected before. I have been doing research on these seeds. Then I will determine how to proceed with my painting”

In the past two months, we have invited our artists to record video clips that offer glimpses of their life and thoughts during quarantine. In this video, Wang Mansheng will talk about his neighborhood, his everyday life and thoughts, as well as his latest album, a tribute to one of the artist’s friends who had passed away.

Wang started practicing calligraphy and digging deep into Chinese classical literature on his own in his early years, growing up with five siblings in a coal mining town in Northern China. Following his graduation in 1985 from the Chinese Department of Fudan University in Shanghai, where he majored in classical Chinese, Wang worked for over a decade as an editor, director and producer at China Central Television in Beijing. His work took him throughout China, where he experienced museums, natural landscapes and cultural scenes.  Early on in his career, Dunhuang’s caves, wall paintings, and sculpture, as well as the endless desert, far-away hills and mountains greatly influenced his ideas on use of media, brush strokes, and tools. In 1996, he immigrated to the United States where he began his career as an artist, adeptly combining his Eastern education and philosophy with Western perspectives.

“我最近开始把我收集的一些种子找出来,放在一起,做一些研究,然后我会决定怎样去画它。”

2020上半年,我们暂停了展览开放。画廊联合艺术家推出了“Catch a Glimpse of Life”系列短片,艺术家们亲自录制了特殊时期居家创作与生活的片断。在下面这段视频中,王满晟会谈到疫情期间他所在社区的情况,他在家的生活和思考,以及他最近在创作的一个册页,据艺术家所说,这个册页寄托了他对一个已故朋友的思念。

王满晟,号半升。1962年出生于中国山西省太原市,现居美国纽约哈德逊河谷。他自幼研习书法,从汉隶“乙瑛碑”、王羲之“圣教序”、及柳公权“神策军”入门,以后遍学诸家,博采众长,坚守“心正笔正”、“正极奇生”的原则,我行我素,作品与其人格一样特立独行,不随波逐流。1981年至1985年在复旦大学攻读古典文学,毕业后在中央电视台任编导、制片人十余年,先后拍摄了许多关于中国人文艺术的专题片纪录片,使他有机会在中国各省广泛地游历和学习,从博物馆前辈大师们的经典作品,到古代建筑和石窟遗迹,到大自然的高山丛林大河平川,为其创作开拓了宽阔的视野,积累了大量的素材。长期的电视编辑工作,使他对图像的辨识组合,选择取舍,都蓄积了丰富的经验。1996年移居美国,全身心地投入对艺术史的研究和艺术创作,由业余爱好而转为职业艺术家。

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