by Ariadna Zierold
Xue Ruozhe‘s works are about plural figures or figures in plural forms. Being plural can be interpreted as two or more similar things or people, or two or more sides of a single thing or person, or even one entity been separated into two parts or infinite parts. Therefore, Ruozhe not only depicts figures but also expresses his ideas when creating.
What Ruozhe has been doing can be called “Concept Painting”. When putting these two strong factors together, the feeling is harmony, not tension. The concept is flowing in the blood of his works, and painting is the nature.
“Non-narrative” was one of the key elements of conceptual art. But Ruozhe uses it reversely. His way of expressing narratives is close to German and Russian literary, stable but not flowing, low profile but not high profile, like a dead body that is still warm, just dead but not yet stiff. His paintings are delirious conversations with himself and the images, or conversations between images themselves.