丹麦诗人言斯·奥古斯特·夏德 (Jens August Schade) 曾写道：“人与人相遇，甜美的音乐由此而生”。但我想说的是：“人通过图画来表达，爱浮现其中”。当我站在中国画家马新民的作品面前时，这些是我的感受和体验。
但此时此刻 - 终于姗姗来迟 - 我相遇了一种以力量和原创性攫住我的艺术。这位艺术家的名字叫马新民。
作为艺术评论家，我不会并且从不 - 请原谅我说从不 - 将一件艺术品剖解成凋零的碎片。我们要观察整体。这就是我的所见。
当我们谈到马新民的艺术时，第一次相遇他的作品，丝毫没有任何难以言状。但当我试图形容他的作品时，我想重申一下艺术家卡勒·海德伯格(Kalle Hedberg) 的经典名言。
Stig Åke Stålnacke
Thousands upon thousands of meetings with art have taught me that man's freedom may be found in the art. Likewise thousands of art articles, artist portraits and reviews have taught me that love can often be embodied in the art. Art can be the home and stage for the most tender moments of existence.
The Danish poet Jens August Schade wrote: “People meet and sweet music fills the heart”. I would like to say: “People talk through an image and love emerges”. Such is my feeling and experience when I find myself before the Chinese artist Ma Xinmin’s works.
Here, on a few sheets, a compressed attempt to describe the rich and dramatic feeling of happiness and pain that his works bestow – bestow upon those who open their minds – who want to be a scout.
This was the background: For a very long time, I have been looking at art, as a reviewer in daily newspapers and magazines and on radio and TV. I had several exciting and tumultuous experiences of image adventures.
I had met images, works of art that have opened windows to the adventure of love.
(But unfortunately, I had also met too much of a tiresome rut. Had met art that was meaningless repetitions.)
But then came – at long last – the meeting with an art that took hold of me with power and originality. The name of the artist is Ma Xinmin.
The meeting with his images felt as refreshing as a glass of cold spring water. It is that kind of meetings and consumption that I need to have the strength to go on breathing.
As an artist, Ma Xinmin is a scout. He directs his sensitive tentacles outwardly as well as inwardly. He is the scout who eagerly seeks in all directions. He throws his quest out there to find the seed that will give him spiritual nutrition. Ma Xinmin is the artist who eagerly seeks mental and poetic power.
The searcher/scout in his images we can in his tender charts about our lives’ riches. It is charts/works of art that constantly point inwards toward the heart's song. Sometimes it is about artwork, images that thaw the frozenness of my soul. In his art, this artist brings the inner journey into focus.
And yet not an image that is not true.
As an art critic, I do not want to and never – say never – break a piece of art into details that tear to rags. We see a wholeness. That is what I see.
I see Ma Xinmin's art and get a strong desire to quote myself. Thus, I once wrote about an artistry:
(the below also applies to Ma Xinmin's art)
“This art is about the partly careful and partly blazingly strong lust sensations:
Life boosts that I draw nutrition from.
Maybe it is as simple as that?
Yes, that is how simple it is.
Ma Xinmin reveals the magic of simplicity.
But is must and shall never be concealed that there is, in Ma Xinmin’s creations, significant elements of pain, vulnerability. In flaming red images we can, in the midst of the brilliant beauty, see how the image also becomes a bearer of the ravaged and fragile.
I see many, many of his images and I want to say that it was a long time since I saw such a gripping meeting in artwork as I see with Ma Xinmin, in his artistry. That is where I see the total sincerity in an artistry.
I frankly do not know if I have ever, during my sixty years as an art critic, actually seen art with such a strong dynamic as in Ma Xinmin’s suite of painfully beautiful works. It is art that speaks the straight truth.
Is there anything bigger than an art that builds on the love of life?
That is the foundation of Ma Xinmin’s art. It is big enough for me and for many, many. Not rarely does it own the beauty and poetry of simplicity.
Ma Xinmin’s art, art that lives close to the heart.
Commenting on, highlighting, reviewing artwork can be done in many different ways. One can demonstrate erudition, broad knowledge, artistic insights and drown artworks in abstractions. It may even entail cloaking the artist in a haze that no one can reach. I often have to disclose my own insufficiency when I am faced with artwork, when I encounter images that have a high degree of abstraction.
With regard to Ma Xinmin's art, the works can, at the first encounter, appear slightly difficult to describe. But when I try to describe his art, I recall the artist Kalle Hedberg's classic words.
He said:“Talent means something. But the will, the tension, has greater value. It is bigger to see an artist fall in battle than walk in single file in an idle mass.”
These words by Kalle Hedberg can easily be adapted to Ma Xinmin’s art. There in his images was the struggle, the tension. It carries his art and occasionally makes it rich as well as exciting.
Stig Åke Stålnacke