Being in the Heavenly Court
The last time Shen Shubin held a solo exhibition, I called it “Rebirth on the Road of Pilgrimage,”after several years, I named this solo show and the related series “Being in the Heavenly Court.”
Today, we do not have any understanding of the organic world, and we do not fully comprehend what natural harmony looks like. When we speak about laws, we seem to forget that natural laws are the most essential rules of the universe . Shen Shubin has had a principled evolution from painting realistic figures to painting expressive figures combined with animals, reflecting the evolution from realism to natural philosophy. Shen has added structural frameworks to his new series, and he suspends various animals, unsupported, in space. The painter expands the compositional form of the paintings, but he also attempts to present an attitude. This is another concept of space, a geometric structure that has the most spatial meaning.
In modernist art, geometric structures appeared more directly in paintings, becoming well-known symbols. Shen Shubin also uses humanity’s way of understanding the world to drive his painting. The animals and geometric spatial compositions in Shen Shubin’s paintings are no longer symbols of the human world; they inspire us to confront the existence of the larger world，the Heavenly Court.