Xu Jie Goes Out
This is a topic fashionable yet full-of-entanglement, and not only a topic, but also simply an action furthermore. In stops and goes, she goes after all, no matter where she has stood previously, certainly she once stayed at the great calligrapher Yan Zhenqing, bowing down her head and practicing calligraphy after models there, later she went to the well-known calligrapher Fu Shan, raising her head and looking up there, with her writing brush following where her mind reached and with numerous intertwined lines, then again she changed her direction.
The so-called going-out is the unruliness against and resistance to established routines. It is a free yet risky game at the marginal junctures of many visual arts.
Ah, how could an artist in red dance shoes ever stop, except those who paint banknotes, they become increasingly proficient under cyclic encoding, then continuously accurate, yet why do you not reveal even a bit of inner conflict into the painting, reality is boring enough, sometimes theres not enough time to escape, yet you still reinforce the dangerous wall in the name of art. You even grudge a bit of enticing bait, why should I rise to the bait?
Xu Jie could no longer pay attention to others, but goes to and fro by herself. She even has left aside readers and audiences, and has gone her own way at least in the recent 2 years. She is no longer content with the roundabout lingering between two points, the ancients had too gentle and cultivated sentiments, completely free of illusions to be induced, while only illusions can console and embellish contemporary life. Xu Jie laughed very resonantly when I chatted about illusions, and this is obviously the acquiescence to the criticism, because the result of the go-out is here.
As expressed in the works, points, lines, and planes are confused, unexpectedly the colors are very refreshing, returning to fresh rawness from skillfulness, additionally the constructed refinement and clumsiness directly enter a three-dimensional and even a four-dimensional space, illusions are concealed and await opening. Gazing long in front of such works, both the artist and viewers will doubt themselves, and an adjustment is necessary. Here is another new question, how long will she linger under the state of calligrapher Wei Ligang? And why may not she linger as well? It seems that she once asked the question back, her intention is to stop for a while, to allow such illusions to be thought more fully! Rest for a while and then go! Just in these stops and goes, this group of Xu Jies works under a relaxed state covers up the nervousness of the go-out; since nervousness is the content, the relaxation of the form in no way is simple, and has an inexhaustible significance.
Heroic Phoenix Mountain Stream: Comments on Xu Jies Calligraphic Imagery Exhibition
Before writing this essay, I Joked with Mr. Zhang Zhixian: You write about her grow-up, and I write about her go-out. Ms. Xu Jie, who was once instructed seriously by our common friend Mr. Wei Baorong in the past, has already become an eminent master, and this is what we must tell Mr. Wei Baorong for consolation. This is a clue of life parallel to scholarship, and it may lead and hint the way-forward of Xu Jies go-out.
Only if she is going, the direction will be visible after.
Ms. Xu Jie, in her insistent pursuit of calligraphy over 30 years up to this day a journey of achievements all along, covering Jinhua, Shenzhen, Hangzhou, and Beijing has always been striving diligently, forging ahead unremittingly, and has achieved a huge success in the artistic creation of calligraphy, this really gratifies us and is worth congratulations!
Bao Chuanjiang May 14, 2012
Ms. Xu Jies calligraphy is a surge of the times in the history of the calligraphy, as well as a participant in the course of the calligraphy study culture, so she has excellent prospects. To sum up after a study, the impetus and charm of her calligraphic creation are the spiritual relaxation/freedom and happiness of determined emotional expression. She performs calligraphy out of the elevation of her feelings like a colorful rainbow after rainfall, and never mechanically; her calligraphy is an emotional creation or a flow of natural emotional compulsion. Thus Ms. Xu Jies calligraphy and the process of her calligraphic creation can move audiences, encouraging herself and her fellows, and really she is a female artist of temperament. Bao Chuanjiang
Xu Jie could no longer pay attention to others, but goes to and fro by herself. She even has left aside readers and audiences, and has gone her own way at least in the recent 2 years. She is no longer content with the roundabout lingering between two points and even their extension, the ancients had too gentle and cultivated sentiments, completely free of illusions to be induced, while only illusions can console and embellish contemporary life. Xu Jie laughed very resonantly when I chatted about illusions, and this is obviously the acquiescence to the criticism, because the result of the go-out is here. As expressed in the works, points, lines, and planes are confused, unexpectedly the colors are very refreshing, returning to keen proficiency from skillfulness, additionally the constructed elegant innocence directly enter a three-dimensional and even a four-dimensional space, illusions are hidden and await opening. Gazing long in front of the works, both the artist and viewers will doubt themselves, and an adjustment is necessary.
She has already gone out from the road of calligraphy, and gone a very long distance. Her works in this group include the traditional cursive script, and more the experimental works breaking up the boundaries of calligraphy, some are like an abstract ink-wash painting, some like a concept painting, and some like the patterns with very heavy folk marksthey are bright-colored, follow no set form, have their own way, and overflow with boldness and unrestraint.
The famous modern painter Huang Binhong achieved great artistic success in Jinhua where he was born, and Xu Jie waved her sword under a tall emerald tower; her father, who embroidered robes for others, lived leisurely between mountains and streams; along with the auspicious Purple Air coming from the east, an eagle soared over cliffs. She visited calligrapher and painter Wang Duo who dwelt in an easygoing manner in Mengjin, the unremitting calligrapher Fu Shan strove diligently for continuous improvement, likewise Xu Jies studios work and research are in full swing impressively, and the Heroic-Phoenix Xu Jie shines eminently in the world of cursive script. The representative poet Liang Xiaobin of the Misty Poetry --- From the steps paved in troubled times flies out a splendid butterfly.
Heroic Phoenix Mountain Stream: Exhibition of Xu Jies Calligraphic Imagery, September 25th, 2012, at Mantang Academy, Jinhua City, Zhejiang Province