The Poetry of Michelangelo
Geng Xue, 2015, Film Installation, 19'09"
Michelangelo, giant of Renaissance. His sculpture is full of a sense of power and human dignity, "The unfinished slaves" retains traces of his hammer and axe, from chopping stone, in front of the traces of his work, Michelangelo seems to pass through space-time to dialogue with you. His sonnets, love poems which addressed to the Gay lovers, the poems are full of love, art and divinity, passionate and beliefs.
Michelangelo's sculpture, he worked with hammer and hard tools, but my sculpture, I do not use any tool, is only to use my hands to push the soft clay, like in a massage. This pile of mud as if already wrapped up a man, and when I knead and touch the mud, the man come out from the mud, with the traces of my hands, and the traces of my work.
Step by step, he opened his eyes to see me when I sculpt his eyes; his hand in turn holds my hand when I sculpt his hand... There are some subtle emotional bond between the artist and art works. I breathe life into him, his chest ups and downs, began to breathe. The last step is in preparation for molding, I cut his head and limbs, cut the sculpture into secure parts. At the end, clean up the work area, cover him with a white wet cloth, and spray to moisturizing it, to keep it damp.
Step by step, the film shows the subtle emotion mixed with a normal working process, calm and strength, erotic and violet conflict, but the entire movie is simply set into a sculpture teaching film, all these are just normal working process.