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出品人 Produced by 汤思宇 SIYU TANG | 主演 Featuring 韦佳 WEI JIA | 导演 Director 汤思宇 SIYU TANG | 摄影 D.O.P 何源 YUAN HE | 剪辑 Editing 何源 YUAN HE | 制片 Producer 郭子楸 ZIQIU GUO | 平面摄影 Photographer 汤思宇 SIYU TANG | 摄影助理 Assistant 王昊 ALEX WANG | 专题编辑 Editor 曹艺璇 EMILIA

出品人 Produced by 汤思宇 SIYU TANG | 主演 Featuring 韦佳 WEI JIA | 导演 Director 汤思宇 SIYU TANG | 摄影 D.O.P 何源 YUAN HE | 剪辑 Editing 何源 YUAN HE | 制片 Producer 郭子楸 ZIQIU GUO | 平面摄影 Photographer 汤思宇 SIYU TANG | 摄影助理 Assistant 王昊 ALEX WANG | 专题编辑 Editor 曹艺璇 EMILIA

韦佳 ,1957年5月出生,北京人,画家,现生活创作与纽约与北京两地。1984年毕业于中央美术学院油画系,1985年任教于中央戏剧学院舞台美术系,1987年美国宾州布鲁姆斯堡大学美术系研究生,获硕士学位。韦佳在国际范围内广泛举行个展和群展,并被列入华裔艺术家名人录。

韦佳,1957年5月出生,北京人,画家,现生活创作与纽约与北京两地。1984年毕业于中央美术学院油画系,1985年任教于中央戏剧学院舞台美术系,1987年美国宾州布鲁姆斯堡大学美术系研究生,获硕士学位。韦佳在国际范围内广泛举行个展和群展,并被列入华裔艺术家名人录。

初识韦佳是一个偶然的机会,我们为悦游杂志撰写了韦佳林延夫妇的专访文章。韦佳的作品也正在纽约否画廊他的个展《寻常》中展出。

It was a chance by accident when we first met Wei Jia. We were doing an exclusive interview of the artists couple Wei Jia and Lin Yan for Conde Nast Traveler magazine. Some of Wei Jia’s works were also exhibited in his solo exhibition “A Way of Life” at Fou Gallery at that time.

韦佳展览《寻常》海报

韦佳展览《寻常》海报


韦佳林延夫妇给我们的第一感觉,亲切、温暖、平和,没有大富大贵的享受,却悠然自得、冷暖自知。

Kind, warm and peaceful was our first impression of the couple. Their life is never about how rich they are, but how well they’ve been living in every single moment.


我们聊到了夫妇俩每天坚持在展望公园散步,聊到了多年前他们如何来到美国站稳脚跟,聊他们创作的灵感与坚持,甚至还有让他们自豪的儿子只身周游世界的故事。

We talked about their daily routine of taking a walk in Prospect Park and how they established a solid footing when they first came to US. We talked about their creativity and insistency of art, and even the story of their son traveling alone all over the world.

我们为韦佳拍摄这只短片的时候,他的夫人林延正在国内忙着工作。于是我们和韦佳相约,和他一起在他们每天散步的展望公园溜上一圈,再去他的工作室参观参观。

Unfortunately, his wife Lin Yan was busy with her exhibition back in China while we were planning about this interview. So we simply took a walk together in Prospect Park, and headed to his creative studio afterwards.

在展望公园,韦佳兴致勃勃地给我们讲着这里发生的一切。从一年四季春夏秋冬,到一棵大树每天的细微变化,还有时不时去胡思一下的“胡思亭”。

Along we were walking, Wei Jia was so excited to tell us about what’s going on here, like how a tree looked differently from dawn till sunset, how everything changed from spring to winter, and his favorite place —— Daydreaming Pavilion.

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他说生活太美好了。那是真诚、不刻意的感叹,让人听起来心头一暖会心一笑的感叹。像个未经世事的孩子,对世上的一切都充满着好奇,去发现,去探索,去感受。

He said that the details of life were so beautiful. And this came genuinely from deep in his heart. He acts like an unexperienced kid, being passionate and curious about everything in life, and willing to go on new adventure.

我说我没事就爱宅在家,不喜欢出门。他虽然嘴上没说,但我感受到他心里真切地替我惋惜。是啊,生活这么美,我也不该错过了。

I mentioned about staying at home for most of my spare time to him while he’s sharing the little but amazing changes in everyday life. Though he didn’t say a word, but I could tell he felt pity for me for missing all the beautiful moments in life.

韦佳的工作室在皇后区的长岛市,工作室不大,但空间利用得很充分。窗边一张木制工作台,墙上是自己和夫人的作品,地上到处散落着看似废纸垃圾的材料,却都是韦佳的宝贝。不久之后,他们就会被韦佳拼贴搭配,变成新作品的一部分。

Wei Jia’s studio is located in Long island city in Queens, the whole space has been well-organized with his wife’s and his artworks. Random pieces of paper were all over the floor, people may easily throw them into trash can when they first see them, unless they know all the pieces of paper would be cut, reorganized and glued in new orders, with all of these steps led to a new and special piece of art.

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边聊天,我边拿起相机随手拍了几张照片,没想到回来一看出人意料的好。没有精致的服装和打扮,但骨子里的平静和坚定,全在眉眼之间了。

I randomly took a few shots of him as we were chatting in his studio. And the photos turned out greater than I originally thought. There was no fine apparel, but we could clearly see his persistence to art and peaceful mind from his look.

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我问韦佳,做了几十年艺术有没有后悔过。

I asked Wei Jia being an artist for decades, is there a moment he ever regretted about this decision?

他想了想,这样说,

He was lost in his thoughts for a little while, and said,

“我无法追求别人的成功,我无法追求别人的富有,我无法追求别人的幸福,但是我祝福他们。一生很短,
做自己喜欢做的事吧。”

“I ‘m not interested in pursuing the same kind of success of others, or the same kind of wealthiness of others, or the same kind of happiness of others, but I hope they enjoy (the way of pursuing those things). Life is short, spend every second on what you are passionate about.”

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拍摄完毕,我们收拾好器材,韦佳也穿好衣服跟我们一道准备走。

After the interview, while we were packing all the gears, he got ready to leave with us as well.

我们问他,今天不在工作室继续做作品吗?

I was wondering that why he wouldn’t continue to do his work in the studio like usual.

他说,手痒痒了,今天趁儿子不在家,要赶紧回家打他的非洲鼓了。

He said that it’s little special today because his son wasn’t at home, couldn’t wait to go play his djembe.

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文 | 汤思宇

Author | SIYU TANG