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大画西游Great Painting of Journey to the West

2046

陈建周是一个勤奋、上进又充满创造和想象力的青年艺术家。他的学艺经历相对顺遂,自小喜欢绘画,于是一路学下来,直至2012年从北京联合大学毕业。近几年他以自由艺术家身份创作和生活。

本人最初关注陈建周,是缘于他的《飞翔•欲望》系列作品。那个飞行器出状况的小飞行员的各种情绪和画面。一眼就可以知道那个人是陈建周自己,或者,也是我们内心的一部分。对于陈建周来说,他在自己的心里创造了一个世界。这个世界有关梦想、有关英雄、有关挫折、有关纯真和成长。在扎实的基本功和娴熟的技巧之上,陈建周用明丽的色彩给我们呈现了他构建的“超人”想再飞的故事。

而《西游记》系列,可以说是陈建周自幼就在心里播下的种子。他记不清小时候看过多少个版本的《西游记》连环画,也记不清反反复复看过多少遍。这个由吴承恩发端,经由张光宇(1964动画《大闹天宫》美术制作)、万籁鸣(1964动画《大闹天宫》导演)、张令涛(上海人美1980年《西游记》连环画作者)、周星驰(《大话西游》主演、《西游降魔篇》导演)等人塑造和各自演绎的神魔故事,本身就有着巨大的生命力。对于陈建周来说,《西游记》是他最早的艺术启蒙之一,他学艺过程中对国画、线描画、工笔画,甚至版画、年画等民间艺术形式总是一往情深,这都是《西游记》的结果。而在他初中时代,每次看《西游记》漫画,他都对着画面入神,那种发自心底的神往,陈建周至今记忆犹新。

在开始独立创作之后,陈建周尝试对《西游记》进行了个人化的视觉叙述,并最终成了系列作品。这个思想性和艺术性都堪称一流的古典名著,唐僧、孙悟空、猪八戒、沙僧这四位历经九九八十一难的英雄,陈建周那里,他用卡通的形象和时而诙谐时而戏谑的情节,对经典故事和人物进行了解构。在他自己对这一系列的解读上,我们可以一窥一二:“岁月更替,世事变迁。现实改变了我们,那么就尽量不让浮华侵蚀我们最真实的自己,改变我们最本质的使命—取心经”、“恍惚梦中见到病倒在床上而且正在输液的孙悟空,神通广大的孙悟空居然会生病,人再强大也有脆弱的时候”、“虽然前面路很长,英雄依然是英雄”。这是陈建周所理解的英雄和西游记,他们是鲜活的,有能力的,也不完美的。也正因为不完美,才要去更多追求,更多坎坷,更多磨砺。这跟周星驰演的孙悟空和周杰伦唱的蜗牛,为什么受到那么多的人喜爱的原因一样,因为有时候是自己做不到,前怕狼后怕虎,畏畏缩缩;也因为有时候,自己有共鸣,不抛弃不放弃,永远在路上。

或许很多喜欢陈建周作品的朋友跟我一样,他的作品所打动我们的,是里面的我们自己的影子,和那个一直都想实现的梦。

陈建周是一个不向命运屈服的人,他清瘦阳光的外表下,有着一颗强大、勤奋的内心。想到一句话:“人不可貌相,海水不可斗量。”此语恰好出自《西游记》第六十二回。陈建周在我眼里就是一个准超人。期待他的更多作品,让梦想的光芒来得更耀眼些,照进更多的现实。

Great Painting of Journey to the West

Chen Jianzhou is a diligent and progressive young artist who is full of creativity and imagination. He has a relatively smooth artistic skill learning experience. He liked drawing since he was a kid, and since then, he started learning drawing until he graduated from Beijing Union University in 2012. In recent years, he has been drawing and living as a freelance artist.

Chen Jianzhou first caught my attention with his Fly and Desire series. The little pilot whose aerobat stops working can be regarded as Chen Jianzhou himself at the first sight, or also a part of our minds. For Chen Jianzhou, he has created a world in his mind. The world is about dreams, heroes, frustrations, innocence and growth. On the basis of his solid basic skills and artful techniques, Chen Jianzhou showed us the story of a "Superman" who wanted to fly again with bright colors.

While his Journey to the West series can be taken as one of his dreams since childhood. He couldn't remember how many versions of comic books of Journey to the West he read, nor can he remember for how many times he read them. The story depicting gods and supernatural beings that was first written by Wu Chengen and then portrayed and starred by Zhang Guangyu (art producer of The Monkey King in 1964), Wan Laiming (director of The Monkey King in 1964), Zhang Lingtao (comic book author of Journey to the West, published by Shanghai People's Fine Arts Publishing House in 1980), Stephen Chow (leading actor of A Chinese Odyssey and director of Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons) has great vitality in itself. For Chen Jianzhou, Journey to the West was one of his earliest artistic enlightenments. He has been passionately devoted to folk art forms including Chinese painting, line drawing, claborate-style painting and even woodcuts and New Year pictures, which were all due to the influence of Journey to the West. During his junior high school study, he was entranced to the pictures every time he watched the caricatures of Journey to the West. The desire from the bottom of his heart would never be forgotten by Chen Jianzhou.

After starting independent drawing, Chen Jianzhou tried to personalize and visualize Journey to the West, and he finally completed the series. The classic with top-ranking ideological and artistic contents and the four heroes of Tang Priest, Sun Wukong, Pigsy and Sha Monk who overcame 81 challenges were re-designed by Chen Jianzhou by means of his special cartoon images and humorous and joking plots. In his own interpretation of this series, we get to know that "time flies and things change. Reality has changed us, so try not let the speciosity erode our true self or change our most essential mission - go on a pilgrimage for the scriptures of our mind", "in trance, I dreamt that Sun Wukong was sick and he was having an intravenous drip while lying on bed. The almighty Sun Wukong could be sick! People can be fragile even if they are normally strong", "Although there is a long way to go, heroes will be heroes." This is Chen Jianzhou's understanding of heroes and Journey to the West. They are fresh and alive, capable and imperfect. It is because of the imperfections that we must pursue our dreams, experience more frustrations and hardships. This is the same as why Stephen Chow's Sun Wukong and the snail in Jay Chou's song are oved by so many people. Sometimes we fear that we cannot make it and we afraid of all sorts of things and become too careful; sometimes we are determined and go on our way bravely.

Maybe many friends who like Chen Jianzhou's drawings are just like me. His drawings move us with our own reflections, and our dreams that we always wanted to make them come true.

Chen Jianzhou is a man who does not yield to fate. He has a strong and hardworking heart in his thin yet energetic body. This reminds me of a idiom: "As a man cannot be known by his looks, so can the sea not be measured by a bushel.", which was originated from the 62nd Hui in Journey to the West. Chen Jianzhou is a Superman-to-be in my eyes. I look forward to more of his drawings - let the light of dreams be more dazzling to illuminate more realities.

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