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Aug. 30, 2015

The World of Bluey

THE WORLD OF BLUEY 
Clementine Chan
 
"I suppose she is my alter ego - I was quiet when I was young and spent a lot of time alone," says Hong Kong artist Clementine Chan. "And I spent a lot of time at the zoo to indulge my love of animals."
The "she" Clementine is referring to is Bluey, the whimsical girl in a blue dress who is the centrepiece of her series "The World of Bluey", now on show at Taikoo Place.
The Hong Kong show, however, is not Bluey's debut. Last year Chan exhibited at the Frammenti d'Arte Gallery in Rome. Next year she will take the exhibition to Taiwan. Chan has been showing in the city since 1994.
Like Chan, Bluey's favourite colour is blue and she loves animals. In the series, Pipi the penguin is Bluey's best friend - much like the relationship between Snoopy and Charlie Brown from the Peanuts comic strip, which is one of Chan's favourites.
And like that other popular comic character, Hello Kitty, Bluey does not have a mouth. She prefers to express herself with short and witty phrases.
"I love playing with words. At the moment, all the sayings are in English but I plan to release them in Chinese - they will follow classical Chinese poetry and literature, of which I'm a fan."
Chan was inspired by 19th-century German Romantic landscape artist Caspar David Friedrich, in particular his Wanderer Above the Mist (1818). Much like that painting, the series presents a figure looking into the emptiness, with hints of loneliness, meditation and wonderment.
Bluey came into existence in 2012, while Chan was finger painting on her iPad. While the drawings are simple, the character is complex.
"Bluey is quirky, poetic, philosophical, political, a bit crazy and depressed, but always full of humour."
For now, Bluey can only be found on postcards and greeting cards.
"Bluey has a bright future. I recently quit my job as an administrator at a dance company to focus full-time on her. I want to develop the character and expand the merchandise to include bags, T-shirts and mugs."
kylie.knott@scmp.com
 
Linkbridge, Lincoln House, Taikoo Place, Quarry Bay, daily 8am-9pm. Ends March 17

Aug. 30, 2015

《藍藍看天下》大公報

大公報 2014年3月12 日
文:洪捷

「行到水窮處,坐看雲起時。」生活感到走投無路,無心戀棧時,坐下來想想,歇歇,以往怎過來,未來怎樣去,很好。藝術家卻不同,如小橘子(Clementine Chan),遇到同樣狀況,她畫畫,她辭職,想轉變就轉變,說不幹就不幹。

  靈感泉湧 點子多多

  小橘子通知我要辦新畫展,腦子裏回想?她油畫中孤獨少女在原野上,花田中,森林裏散髮、漫步的意象。步入展場一看,心中不由得「Wow!」一聲,長髮少女變成短髮小女孩,和諧色塊只剩深深淺淺的藍,擅長的油畫變成了指畫。

  指畫?對,國畫中,早已有用手指蘸墨在宣紙上作畫,稱指墨畫。小橘子卻是在iPad上畫,她只用一根食指,有時是十分鍾,頂多是一小時,就能畫出筆下人物藍藍的寂寞低潮,大膽妄為,鬼馬任性……。

  她豎起食指,興奮地比畫說:「我只用這根手指畫畫,需要放大縮小畫面時,才加上拇指。去年到英國參加藝術領袖計劃,沒法畫油畫,正巧學識用任何地方都能畫的Sketch Pro軟件畫畫。畢加索用手指在玻璃上畫畫,與在iPad上畫的原理一樣呢。」

  很快她掌握了這先進科技與藝術的結合,甚至在去年於羅馬展出時向大學生示範創作。她邊嫻熟地開?酒瓶邊說:「到現在已創作了三百多幅,實在有太多靈感。畫油畫,只是調色、準備已花了不少時間,我還要堅持自然日光下畫,待周末日才能畫,盡管我的速度已相當快,也須二十多小時完成一幅。」

  更重要的是,點子多多,靈感泉湧的小橘子,可以很快的把妙思奇想,放進藍藍的世界,抒泄面對現實的不快,平衡那顆燥熱上火的心。

  妙思奇想 隨心而發

  先進科技也好,傳統技藝亦然,在創作的世界,內容才是王。這絕不難倒小橘子,因她的藝術永遠隨心而發,一發不可收拾。

  二○一一年,像一顆小種子衝出泥土的痛楚,小橘子厭煩社會的紛爭,世事的吵鬧,筆下的藍藍破土而出,長出小小幼芽。藍色,在英語中的意思語帶雙關,既是憂鬱、悲傷,又有天藍、貴族,聯想無窮。

  「自小喜歡藍色,穿的衣服,拎的袋子,都是藍,所以Bluey就是我的『他我』,就如花生漫畫中的人物。藍藍有個企鵝朋友皮皮PiPi。我自小是長頭髮,但細路女短頭髮,冬菇頭,可愛些,她早期眼睛是瞇?眼,發展下來則是兩條直線,古靈精怪,也有不開心低落時,很人性化。」

  這「他我」的藍藍比眼前幹練周到的小橘子能做的事更多,例如化身自由女神像,卻高舉雪糕;由羅馬鬥獸場吊一條繩子從天而降;這頭才立於枯樹下慨嘆「涼風有信」,那頭就在「秋月無邊」之夜做起「女大賊」來;甚至騎?掃把女巫般飛翔……。不過,藍藍卻比外表堅強的小橘子多了些內向、傻氣,也許,這就是骨子裏的小橘子。

  二○一二年,小橘子第一本圖畫故事書《藍藍物語》(The Story of Bluey)以及林詠琛與小橘子合著的以藍藍為主題創作的《遠空之藍》呱呱墮地,七十多幅作品分享她生活中靈機一觸的深切感悟。當時我正好在法國南部的紫藍色薰衣草田,遙遙祝賀。

  相配字句 詩意盎然

  與畫面相配的字句,總有不同解讀。「One Bluey a day takes your blues away」是她心靈的治療,「Bluey braves a bumpy ride」能人所不能,「How Bluey deals with the darkest day of her life」,畫面是黑夜中的亮燈……

  不過,自小愛好文學詩詞的小橘子,加上中學讀真光,同一幅畫,小橘子隨心換上「行到水窮處,坐看雲起時」、「東邊日出西邊雨」,我最喜歡,還有「等雲到」,「留得殘荷聽雨聲」都詩意盎然。這些詩句還是她展出前兩星期靈光一閃想到的,一個不怕天高地厚,善感敏悟的藍藍,既是小橘子的「他我」,亦是不少活在「亂世」中打拚的女孩子的另一個自己。

  小橘子說要退休,沒人相信,我信,信她對畫畫的投入程度,她曾拋下工作,跑到紐約學畫去,信她對自由自在生活的嚮往,更信她對未來發展的自信心。

  「對於朝九晚五的工作,真的想有個轉變,做自己想做的事。現在藍藍的創作可走多數量的生產,價錢廉宜,數百元也買得起,選禮物給朋友,勝過在禮品店購買,詞句更可根據需要調整,作為對親友的祝福。」她還靜靜的告訴我:「我在台北找一間有三隻貓貓的cafe gallery,他們很喜歡我的作品,稍後舉行展覽。」

  面對談起「生意經」來的小橘子,並不感到陌生。毋庸置疑,任職城市當代舞蹈團總經理多年的小橘子,在藝術界,人脈廣博,今年五月將離職的她,已有不少創作的邀約,對專業創作的發展肯定是退而不休,甚至,會更加忙碌。

  展覽:《藍藍看天下》小橘子個展

  地點:港島東太古坊林肯大廈有蓋行人天橋

  展期:即日至三月十七日晚上九時

"The paintings of Clementine Chan are well represented in the ongoing dialogue between man and environment, between beauty and nature, which are the area's favorite themes - Travel, Nature, Thought, Time. The artist prefers for her subject pure forms, vibrant colors and lit by a changing light invades her works. The atmosphere is calm and quiet, but a silence that makes noise - the sound of silence - the work is pervaded by a profound sense of mystery and suspension." Galleria Tondinelli, Rome

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