The Trend of Image:
Painting is the trace of the human spirit, gradually dispersing in the dust of history. When the sun sheds the first golden ray on the shore of souls, it is there waiting for the fisherman to return. Alas, there was once a momentous moment in history, a fisherman told the first Chinese poet, Qu Yuan, who was obsessed with patriotism: 'The sane one will not be stopped by objects; instead, one will follow the trend of the world.' After listening to such kind and wise advice, the poet still could not be persuaded. Soon after, the fisherman oared the boat, leaving. Meanwhile, the poet, jumped into the river, sinking. Guofu is situated in the contemporary world full of conflicts and clashes. He also cannot help but feel the sorrow of the decadence of the motherland or even the apocalypse of the entire world. Sadly, it is easier to relocate a mountain than to remove human obsession. Only by staying calm, collected and bland, can one widen the horizon of cognition. This is a revelation of the famous idiom: 'One can't show high ideals without simple living; One can't have lofty aspirations without a peaceful state of mind.' Tragically, the one who coined this phrase cannot be liberated from his political ambition. Zhuge Liang, one of the most brilliant minds, stopped thinking when societal actuality exhausted his final breath. After that, it can be said, the state of blandness is like a lofty cold peak, nearly impossible to arrive at. Nevertheless, the image trend Guofu created, realised such a blandness.
No matter how hard an object is, under the influence of entropy, it will deconstruct from order to disorder, from an entity to a myth, from an upsurge to a dispersion.
Open Space No.68 (detail), 2021, Oil on canvas, 120 x 90 cm
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