Xiao Fan RU: the invitation to the initiatory journey
#PARIS The RX Gallery who is reopening these doors next week, invites with the artist Xiao Fan RU and the exhibition “Passage” to an initiatory journey.His last paintings, like rites of passage, offer a path of reflection where ecological concerns are mixed, references to his dual Franco-Chinese culture and meditative onirism.
“The passage” symbolizes the test of transformation necessary for any evolution. The initiation rites of many religions all include a passage from which the initiate comes out only after facing and overcoming difficulties. The one who crosses it is no longer the same. He has evolved, he has matured, he has grown.”
A sign of the times and the state of the world, Xiao Fan RU’s new creations, darker than his previous works, leave an ambiguous feeling. The scenes depicted are marked by a certain dramaturgy, even a catastrophism, and yet there is something more peaceful, a certain tranquility, probably created by the presence of bamboos in the foreground. Feeling of fullness amplified by a chromatic choice that invites to daydreaming and contemplation.
In this new series, bamboo is a main role with all its symbolic charge. Because all over Asia, bamboo has several symbols. Folding in the face of adversity, it always straightens up and remains green during the winter season, a sign of durability, consistency and righteousness. Bamboo accompanies Chinese from birth to death. He provides her with her cradle and coffin and provides her with shelter, furniture, mats, hats, tools… Even today, the scaffolding of the skyscrapers under construction in Hong Kong is made of bamboo
More generally, bamboo is a symbol of fertility, altruism, friendship, joy and in Feng Shui, it is a symbol of youth and a sign of peace.
In Xiao Fan RU’s works, the disaster is present, the characters seem vulnerable, fragile. Only bamboos stand proud and resistant in the foreground. They seem to remind us of the fable oak and reedof Jean de La Fontaine “what does not break” or this quotation attributed to Confucius:
“the good man is straight and just, but not stiff and inflexible; he knows how to bend but not to bend.”
This is another point of connection between the East and the West that is dear to the artist. In the background, as a tribute to Italian Renaissance painting, landscapes can be seen as in the paintings of Piero della Francesca or Leonardo da Vinci. Landscapes that evoke small French villages but in which a pagoda sometimes creeps into, as in the work entitled “After the rain, the sunny weather“, a form of affirmation of its dual culture. This work could be the mantra of this exhibition
Well anchored in the present, Xiao Fan RU accounts in its own way for the end of a world and lets us glimpse a redemption. A future is possible.
Xiao Fan UK pays tribute to Chinese painting. The way of thinking in this ancient art emphasizes the uniqueness of man and the cosmos and the uninterrupted dynamism within this universe. More than the representation of a form, the work expresses the soul (principle of life), the internal movement of beings. The aim is to create in the greatest conciseness, a work of artistic charm with a meaning touching the infinite, in which emptiness plays a very important role. It allows the viewer to project himself into a much larger world, leaving the field free for his imagination. Contemplation is based on this game of full and empty spaces in order to propel the observer into the absolute
Xiao Fan RU sows all these elements here and there in scenes that oscillate between naturalism and onirism, between torment and mediation, creating metaphorical works that embody the misery and transcendence of life on earth.
Exhibition from June 29 to September 20, 2019
Xiao Fan RU “Passage”
16 rue des Quatre Fils – 75003 Paris
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