The Flower of Plenary

Excerpt from Alchemy” in The Flower of Plenary, Lofty Culture & Art, 2019.
by Elaine Suyu Liu

In Tzeng Yong-ning’s gold-foiled The Flower of Plenary series, a large circle dominates the composition, and is in turn filled with countless smaller circles, of various patterns, colors, sizes. Packed together tightly, there is a sense of unity and harmony, due to the fact that all the individuals are grouped together in a comprehensive whole. Yet, each circle is lively and energetic, seemingly expanding outwards, floating upwards, or squeezing each other. Encompassed in a field of gold, the large circle embodies a solemn planet, sitting scared and elegant in the serenity of space.

Tzeng Yong-ning, The Flower of Plenary 07, 2019 – 2020, Ball-point Pen, Acrylic, and Gold-foil on Paper, 153 x 131 cm © Tzeng Yong-ning

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