Elements of Ink

Li Gang
September 25 – October 11, 2014




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Li Gang explores the spontaneity of ink by experimenting with methods of splashing, dripping, rubbing, and even imprinting with unconventional objects such as cups and bowls. In terms of expression, Li deconstructs traditional modes of representation, by rejecting all classical themes and motifs, and returns to focus on the significance of the ink itself; he uses ink to represent lines and planes, and wash to illustrate shades and depths. In terms of composition, Li employs both his rational and irrational minds; he rationally renders fixed planes and circles through repetition, assembling an overall sense of order. Yet, at the same time, within each plane or circle, he allows the ink and wash to run naturally and free. In this way, he creates movement within tranquility, and chaos within order. In Li’s art, each plane or circle seem to appear as an atom or molecule, neatly displayed across the composition as elements in their original state, and as the ink and wash interrelate with each other, the result is as phenomenal as a chemical reaction.

September 25 – October 11, 2014
Reception: Saturday, September 27, 2014, 3:00 pm
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 2:00 – 6:00 pm