Feb 12, 2012 - Feb 24, 2012

CONVERSING WITH THE MOON

Today Art Museum

He Sen Solo Exhibition
Today Art Museum

Preface

Since 2002, the artist’s attitude began to change. He Sen commented on those western artists he was quite familiar with in his early studies of art – commentaries that did not reveal intimate excitements, but rather, reluctant farewells. He began to sense with his past experiences rather than “looking” and studying with expectations. He’s familiarity with these artists allowed him to cite from his memories on characteristics of these western artists from various periods. Even prior to this time, He was differentiating on the effects and approaches of “image” painting – for a long of time, Gerhard Richter’s art has been a catalyst for China’s New Painting - gradually, He Sen turned around to a realm behind him. Perhaps it is random to have such feelings, or certain opportunity captured the artist’s attention that was behind him, He Sen was determined to uncover new sources of dialogue that was left behind by our forefathers. In fact, he was informed by his own inner needs that, the way in viewing and representing the world had to transform.

"Conversing with the Moon-He Sen Solo Exhibition" Exhibition Scene, He Sen, 2012.2.12-2012.2.24, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
"Conversing with the Moon-He Sen Solo Exhibition" Exhibition Scene, He Sen, 2012.2.12-2012.2.24, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
"Conversing with the Moon-He Sen Solo Exhibition": Monkey King on the Peach Tree, He Sen, 2012.2.12-2012.2.24, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
Monkey King on the Peach Tree
"Conversing with the Moon-He Sen Solo Exhibition": Rebellious Monkey King, He Sen, 2012.2.12-2012.2.24, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
Rebellious Monkey King
"Conversing with the Moon-He Sen Solo Exhibition": Ma Yuan’s Conversing with the Moon - Drinking under the Moon, He Sen, 2012.2.12-2012.2.24, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
Ma Yuan's Conversing with the Moon-Drinking Under the Moon
"Conversing with the Moon-He Sen Solo Exhibition": Ma Yuan’s Conversing with the Moon - Dust, He Sen, 2012.2.12-2012.2.24, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
Ma Yuan's Conversing with the Moon-Dust
"Conversing with the Moon-He Sen Solo Exhibition": Ma Yuan’s Conversing with the Moon - Distant, He Sen, 2012.2.12-2012.2.24, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
Ma Yuan's Conversing with the Moon-Distant
"Conversing with the Moon-He Sen Solo Exhibition": Ma Yuan’s Conversing with the Moon - Firmament, He Sen, 2012.2.12-2012.2.24, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
Ma Yuan's Conversing with the Moon-Firmament
"Conversing with the Moon-He Sen Solo Exhibition": The Romance of West Chamber - Wooing Phoenix, He Sen, 2012.2.12-2012.2.24, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
The Romance of West Chamber-Wooing Phoenix
"Conversing with the Moon-He Sen Solo Exhibition": The Romance of West Chamber - Wooing Phoenix, He Sen, 2012.2.12-2012.2.24, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
"Conversing with the Moon-He Sen Solo Exhibition": The Romance of West Chamber - Reunion, He Sen, 2012.2.12-2012.2.24, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
The Romance of West Chamber-Reunion
"Conversing with the Moon-He Sen Solo Exhibition": The Romance of West Chamber - Farewell at the Pavilion, He Sen, 2012.2.12-2012.2.24, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
The Romance of West Chamber-Farewell at the Pavilion
"Conversing with the Moon-He Sen Solo Exhibition": Journey to the West - Divine Eagle, He Sen, 2012.2.12-2012.2.24, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
Journey to the West-Divine Eagle
"Conversing with the Moon-He Sen Solo Exhibition": Journey to the West - Immortals at War, He Sen, 2012.2.12-2012.2.24, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
Journey to the West--Immortals at War
"Conversing with the Moon-He Sen Solo Exhibition": Journey to the West - Immortals at War, He Sen, 2012.2.12-2012.2.24, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
"Conversing with the Moon-He Sen Solo Exhibition": Journey to the West - Immortals at War, He Sen, 2012.2.12-2012.2.24, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
"Conversing with the Moon-He Sen Solo Exhibition": Journey to the West - Rebellious Little Bird, He Sen, 2012.2.12-2012.2.24, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
Journey to the West-Rebellious Little Bird

In today’s globalized network of information, the search of true individuality and uniqueness has again become the new goal for many artists - a goal that requires one’s concept to accord with sensual experiences, where the contemporary should be bridged with the historical.  In the last three decades of searching for new art since the 1980s to our present understanding on conceptualism, other than one’s own freedom of enlightenment, everything else can be rebutted. For He Sen, significant achievements have been made in his experiments in new oil painting who, successfully infused knowledge and experience into a new artistic era. In this era, language continues to be the artist’s focus, however, the quality and taste are becoming elements necessary in formulating new art history and the standard for contemporary art – if concepts are not accorded with quality, then it will not be worth mentioning.

"Conversing with the Moon-He Sen Solo Exhibition": Ma Yuan's Image of Cold and Poetic Quality, He Sen, 2012.2.12-2012.2.24, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
Ma Yuan's Image of Cold and Poetic Quality
"Conversing with the Moon-He Sen Solo Exhibition": Luo Pin’s Picture Albums of Plum Blossom No.6, He Sen, 2012.2.12-2012.2.24, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
Luo Pin's Picture Albums of  Plum Blossom No.6
"Conversing with the Moon-He Sen Solo Exhibition": Li Shan's Bamboo Orchids and Aragonite, He Sen, 2012.2.12-2012.2.24, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
"Conversing with the Moon-He Sen Solo Exhibition": Li Shan's Bamboo Orchids and Aragonite, He Sen, 2012.2.12-2012.2.24, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
Li Shan's Bamboo Orchids and Aragonite (Detail)
"Conversing with the Moon-He Sen Solo Exhibition": Bada Shanren's Vase, He Sen, 2012.2.12-2012.2.24, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
Bada Shanren's Vase
"Conversing with the Moon-He Sen Solo Exhibition": Li Fangying’s Bamboo, He Sen, 2012.2.12-2012.2.24, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
Li Fangying's Bamboo
"Conversing with the Moon-He Sen Solo Exhibition": Mayuan's First Images of water, He Sen, 2012.2.12-2012.2.24, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
Ma Yuan's First Images of Water
"Conversing with the Moon-He Sen Solo Exhibition": Song Dynasty Landscape, He Sen, 2012.2.12-2012.2.24, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
Song Dynasty Landscape
"Conversing with the Moon-He Sen Solo Exhibition": Wuzhen's Ink Bamboo, He Sen, 2012.2.12-2012.2.24, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
Wu Zhen's Ink Bamboo
"Conversing with the Moon-He Sen Solo Exhibition": Zhu Sheng’s Bamboo and Orchids, He Sen, 2012.2.12-2012.2.24, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
Zhu Sheng's Bamboo and Orchids
"Conversing with the Moon-He Sen Solo Exhibition": Zhu Sheng’s Bamboo and Orchids, He Sen, 2012.2.12-2012.2.24, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
Zhu Sheng's Bamboo and Orchids
"Conversing with the Moon-He Sen Solo Exhibition": Chen Chun’s Mixed Flower, He Sen, 2012.2.12-2012.2.24, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
Chen Chun's Mixed Flower
"Conversing with the Moon-He Sen Solo Exhibition": Li Shan's Chrysanthemum Rockery, He Sen, 2012.2.12-2012.2.24, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
Li Shan's Chrysanthemum Rockery
"Conversing with the Moon-He Sen Solo Exhibition": Li Shizhuo's Pine Rockery, He Sen, 2012.2.12-2012.2.24, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
Li Shizhuo's Pine Rockery
"Conversing with the Moon-He Sen Solo Exhibition": Li Tang’s Fishing in the Songhu Lake, He Sen, 2012.2.12-2012.2.24, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
Li Tang's Fishing in the Songhu Lake
"Conversing with the Moon-He Sen Solo Exhibition": Ma Yuan's Trail in the Spring, He Sen, 2012.2.12-2012.2.24, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
Ma Yuan's Trail in the Spring
"Conversing with the Moon-He Sen Solo Exhibition": Tang Yin's Fan Painting, He Sen, 2012.2.12-2012.2.24, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
Tang Yin's Fan Painting
"Conversing with the Moon-He Sen Solo Exhibition": Tang Yin’s Fan with Man Sitting on Tiger Skinned Chair, He Sen, 2012.2.12-2012.2.24, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
Tang Yin's Fan with Man Sitting on Tiger Skinned Chair
"Conversing with the Moon-He Sen Solo Exhibition": Xia Gui’s Appreciating Falls, He Sen, 2012.2.12-2012.2.24, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
Xia Gui's Appreciating Falls
"Conversing with the Moon-He Sen Solo Exhibition": Xue Susu's Lake Rockery, He Sen, 2012.2.12-2012.2.24, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
Xue Susu's Lake Rockery
"Conversing with the Moon-He Sen Solo Exhibition": Zhao Mengfu's Double Pine Flat Distance, He Sen, 2012.2.12-2012.2.24, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
Zhao Mengfu's Doble Pine Flat Distance
"Conversing with the Moon-He Sen Solo Exhibition": Ma Yuan’s Layer waves, He Sen, 2012.2.12-2012.2.24, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
Ma Yuan's Layer Waves

The series of works in the nineties are basically a compilation of personal experience, an accumulation of culture, and a synthesis of many years of undefined urges. I endowed familiar people, friends and personal belongings with sacred meanings. The representational language that I made my own naturally became my spokesperson. In those images, the “close distance” in the unlimited expansion of personal sentiment matches up perfectly with the methods of the “new generation” of artists in Beijing – subsequently categorized as “Pop art” in the Post-89 exhibition.  However, in my opinion, the heroic impression and representational language is in contradiction with the attitudes of “Cynical realism”. But, apart from a release of personal emotions, these works lack broader social meanings. Thus, in 1993 the only adjustments I made were in my subject matter – for instance, marches presenting a social scene and a symbolic copper bird. -1992

"Conversing with the Moon-He Sen Solo Exhibition": Landscape in the Middle Triptych, He Sen, 2012.2.12-2012.2.24, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
Landscape in the Middle Triptych
"Conversing with the Moon-He Sen Solo Exhibition": Two Artists, He Sen, 2012.2.12-2012.2.24, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
Two Artists
"Conversing with the Moon-He Sen Solo Exhibition": ReaderII, He Sen, 2012.2.12-2012.2.24, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
Reader II
"Conversing with the Moon-He Sen Solo Exhibition": ReaderI, He Sen, 2012.2.12-2012.2.24, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
Reader I
"Conversing with the Moon-He Sen Solo Exhibition": The Bound Up BirdIII, He Sen, 2012.2.12-2012.2.24, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
The Bound Up Bird III

Everyone knows that what’s most contemporary is most direct, for instance popular films all make use of direct and shocking modes of expression. However, the more contemporary people become, the more complex is their psychology; this contrast will certainly become greater, and the inner complexity will become impossible to discard. As we put it into the form of art, we can express such complexity, but the directness will naturally be diminished. This is a contradiction.-1994

"Conversing with the Moon-He Sen Solo Exhibition": Couple Under the Red Flags, He Sen, 2012.2.12-2012.2.24, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
Couple Under the Red Flags

By re-organizing the compositional structure and basic language, I am hoping that painting will no longer remain a simple reaction to the outside world. In my basic language, it is necessary to sort out the more expressionist language from the danger of simply venting my enjoyment, and then setting this into a rational structure, getting rid of visual chaos, not adding meaning through the process of painting and the brushstrokes themselves, or else the origin of the concept would be squandered completely.- 1996

"Conversing with the Moon-He Sen Solo Exhibition": Accumulation Without Words, He Sen, 2012.2.12-2012.2.24, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
Accumulation without words
"Conversing with the Moon-He Sen Solo Exhibition": Two Bored Men, He Sen, 2012.2.12-2012.2.24, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
Two Bored Man
"Conversing with the Moon-He Sen Solo Exhibition": A Shade of Red, He Sen, 2012.2.12-2012.2.24, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
A Shade of Red
"Conversing with the Moon-He Sen Solo Exhibition": Distance, He Sen, 2012.2.12-2012.2.24, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
Distance
"Conversing with the Moon-He Sen Solo Exhibition": Scream, He Sen, 2012.2.12-2012.2.24, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
Scream
"Conversing with the Moon-He Sen Solo Exhibition": Girl and Flower I, He Sen, 2012.2.12-2012.2.24, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
Girl and Flower I
"Conversing with the Moon-He Sen Solo Exhibition": Wander, He Sen, 2012.2.12-2012.2.24, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
Wander
"Conversing with the Moon-He Sen Solo Exhibition": Girl Lying on the Sofa, He Sen, 2012.2.12-2012.2.24, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
Girl Lying on the Sofa
"Conversing with the Moon-He Sen Solo Exhibition": Girl Lying Sideways III, He Sen, 2012.2.12-2012.2.24, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
Girl Lying Sideways III

Women and the world in which we live seem rather similar in appearance, to put it in simple words, girls nowadays are prettier than before, and they seem to get even more beautiful. And the actual society we live in is also more beautiful, architecture and streets are also more beautiful. But our hearts and spirits are far less fulfilled than in the past, and the current beauty and progress is entirely illusion, in fact it is only an empty shell, an appearance covering a void; idealism is gradually diminishing in actual life, and this society is becoming very realistic and cool. - 2002

"Conversing with the Moon-He Sen Solo Exhibition": Smoke on the Office Chair, He Sen, 2012.2.12-2012.2.24, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
Smoke on the Office Chair
"Conversing with the Moon-He Sen Solo Exhibition": Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, He Sen, 2012.2.12-2012.2.24, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
Smoke Gets into Your Eyes
"Conversing with the Moon-He Sen Solo Exhibition": Dudu with Make-up, He Sen, 2012.2.12-2012.2.24, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
Dudu with Make-up
"Conversing with the Moon-He Sen Solo Exhibition": Dudu's toy, He Sen, 2012.2.12-2012.2.24, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
Dudu's Toy
"Conversing with the Moon-He Sen Solo Exhibition": Somking Woman with Wine, He Sen, 2012.2.12-2012.2.24, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
Smoking Woman with Wine
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