蔡志松 美丽的暴力

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蔡志松 蔡志松 美丽的暴力

  如果说,艺术家蔡志松的成名之作《故国》系列,是他用敏感的心体察生命的气息,低声歌咏纷繁汹涌的世相之下,凝结在时空中永恒的人性主题;是他用唯美的雕塑技艺,编织内心中最激烈的冲突,叹息着 “无奈”的叹息。那么,蔡志松的最新作品《玫瑰》,第一眼看上去的感觉非常陌生——它轻松简单概括,朵朵浓烈香艳时刻准备怒放的巨型玫瑰,似乎在取悦着每一围观者的内心,诉说着每个人的渴望,它是“爱”。

  也许,这就是欲望的形状吧--它饱满的花瓣甜美润泽,重叠隐密的花蕊令人浮想联翩。延续了《故国》雕塑中的对材料运用的大胆尝试,蔡志松将铅皮的特性发挥得淋漓尽致,他用金属的语言出人意料地表达柔软,塑造出花朵娇嫩欲滴的质感……

  然而,蔡志松说,这些全都是假象。

  灰玩笑

  作为观者,阅读《玫瑰》是一次独特的体验。蔡志松利用了作者的“特权”——他不仅用“铅”浇注出美丽的花朵,把如此沉重冰冷的物质变成性感撩人的艺术品,同时,又在化腐朽为神奇的瞬间令花容失色,让玫瑰之美永远定格在寂静沉穆的铅灰光泽之中,让一切有关爱欲的想象在升起之时,即刻还原成金属的冰冷。

  蔡志松还特意为作品撰写前言强化这个过程。他说,爱情犹如这绽放的铅玫瑰,是搀了毒的美味,没有必要用珍贵的生命之唇去反复亲吻。他又说,爱情像大自然中的花朵,无时无刻不上演着盛开与凋零,永不停息;就像我们的身体,从一出生就开始奔向死亡,犹如这铅玫瑰,总有一天会因保存不善而损毁,变成沉重的垃圾。维护的成本远远大于自身的价值。

  兴致勃勃欣赏玫瑰之美的时候,偶遇蔡志松这几句言说,就足以打消人愉悦的心情,继而又平添几分懊恼。蔡志松用《玫瑰》抛给人们一个灰色的玩笑。在他看来,美丽只是一种装饰品,它扮靓了原本虚无的幸福感,遮盖了生命的流逝。他喜欢用雕塑告诫人们,或者说喜欢以这种看似柔和的方式提醒人们思考,究竟什么才是生命永恒的主题。

  无聊之美

  “要知道,爱情无不以痛苦为结局。”

  对那些向往爱情的观者而言,蔡志松自己对作品的解读,使欣赏《玫瑰》的过程变成一个欣赏痛苦的过程。原本与艺术品对视,希望让平素的紧张在那时放松,希望已经被打造得很坚硬的心在那一瞬间被抚慰,但是,《玫瑰》含蓄地剥夺了观者渴望的小小的快感。或者说,这些从来就不是作为艺术家的蔡志松所认可的,“艺术”从一开始就被天然赋予的某种定义和功用。他关心“美”,但“美”只是一种工具而已。他更着迷于对生命本质的表达,于是,“美”,感官之美,情色之美,在经由“玫瑰”的述说中,却因为美的本身显得无聊甚至荒唐。

  原来,艺术可以如此冷酷。

  离开

  看着雕塑《玫瑰》,忽然有些怀念《故国》的旧作了。透过那些坚实的人物造型,那铜皮和铅皮打造的杰作,我们可以与艺术家怜惜生命的目光相遇。他们深邃动人,因为,作为艺术家的个体就鲜活在被雕塑的人群中。但是在今天,透过玫瑰,我们却已经看不到那个熟悉的蔡志松了。尽管他通过洋洋洒洒的“前言”(当然也是其“爱情宣言”)的铺陈,仍旧延续了那种对个体生命的关注;通过“玫瑰”的视觉张力,也强调了这些年来作者精神世界的“提纯”,但是,艺术家本人却仿佛因了悟了生命的诸多真相,愈发离芸芸众生远去,愈发抽象成为一个名叫“蔡志松”的符号。

  也许只有时间可以证明,作为作品的《玫瑰》,它蕴藏了多么巨大的能量。蔡志松用铅之玫瑰,制造了所有关于幸福的想象,与其说以其魅惑的造型绽放在每个人的眼前,不如说以它触之娇弱的身体,释放出销蚀魂魄的毒素。

  因此,蔡志松的玫瑰,应该是世界上最暴力的一朵。

  Rose: Beautiful Violence

  Wang Yan

  If Cai Zhisong's famous series of "Motherland" indicates that he is experiencing life with his sensitivity – crooning the eternal theme of human nature in this fickle and noisy world, making use of his fascinating sculpture skills to express the fiercest conflicts inside, sighing for the "helplessness" – then Cai Zhisong's latest work "Rose" would seem to be quite strange at the first sight. It is relaxed, simple and succinct. The giant roses are glamorous, fragrant, and ready to bloom at any time. They set to please every audience, expressing everyone's desire, which is "Love".

  Maybe that is the shape of desire. Its plump petals are luscious and glossy, while serried and concealed pistil makes people fall into a reverie. Continuing with the attempt to adopt unexpected material in "Motherland", Cai Zhisong made the best use of the characteristics of lead sheath. He astonishingly utilized metal to express softness, and successfully created the delicate and tender texture of flower.

  However, Cai Zhisong states that, these are all illusions.

  Grey joke

  As an audience, watching "Rose" is a unique experience. Cai Zhisong has utilized the "privilege" of being the creator, not only using "Lead" to produce the beautiful flowers, but also transformed the heavy and cold material into sexy and attractive artwork. At the same time, when he turned the mundane into mysterious work, he discolored the flower simultaneously, locking the beauty of rose into silent and dreary grey lead, which immediately cools off all rising desires and imaginations.

  What is more, Cai Zhisong specifically wrote a preface to reinforce this process. He said, love is just as this blooming lead rose, a toxic delicacy. There's no need to kiss it repeatedly with your precious lip. He also stated that, love, just like flower in nature, experiences blooming and withering all the time, never stops. It is like our body, rushing to death from birth, like the lead rose, which will eventually be damaged some day in the future due to lack of preservation, and turn into heavy rubbish. The cost for maintenance will be far greater than its own value.

  Reading Cai Zhisong's words when you are appreciating the beauty of rose enthusiastically would be enough to destroy your delighted mood and make you annoyed. Cai Zhisong plays a grey joke with people using the "Rose". In his view, beauty is only a decoration. It beautifies the empty happiness, and conceals the passage of life. He likes to warn people with sculpture, or rather he likes to use this seemingly gentle way to remind people to think of what is the theme of eternal life.

  The Beauty of Boredom

  "One thing you should know is all love ends with pain without an exception"

  To those audiences who yearn for love, the way Cai Zhisong interprets his own work makes the process of enjoying "Rose" turns into a process of enjoying pain. Originally, people who connect with artwork were hoping to release the tension and comfort the hard heart at that moment. However, "Rose" implicitly deprived the teeny-weeny delight the audiences aspire. Or I should say being an artist, Cai Zhisong never appreciates these. "Art" has been given some certain definition and utility by nature. What he cares is "Beauty", yet "beauty" is only a tool. He is more fascinated with expressing the essence of life. Thus, "beauty", beauty of senses, beauty of erotica, in the narration of "Rose", appears to be boring, or even absurd because of the beauty itself.

  So, art could be so callous.

  Leave

  Looking at the sculpture "Rose", I suddenly think of the old work, "Motherland". Through the masterpieces, solidly molded from copper sheet and lead sheath, we can connect with the artist, whose eyes are full of sympathy for life. They are deep and attractive, because artist himself is living actively in the crowd who are sculptured. However, today, we are not able to find the once familiar Cai Zhisong any more. Even though from his expansive "preface", he continues concentrating on the life of individual, and emphasizes the "purification" of creator's spiritual world during these past years via the visual impact of "Rose", the artist himself seems to leave far from the mortal beings and has been abstracted to a symbol named "Cai Zhisong".

  Perhaps only time will tell how tremendous power "Rose" possesses as an artwork. Cai Zhisong used the lead rose to create all the imaginations about happiness. The rose is more like to use its delicate body to release toxin, than to blossom in front of everyone with an alluring pose.

  Therefore, Cai Zhisong's rose should be the most violent one in the world.

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