Pine.Smoke.Ink

Xue Song
January 6 – March 4, 2018




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Xue Song, New Heights, 2015
Xue Song, Spring Colors, 2013
Xue Song, Autumn River Boating, 2015
Xue Song, Sailing Amidst Mountains, 2016
Xue Song, Tribute to Rothko I, 2015
Xue Song, Dialogue with Mondrian No. 4, 2012
Xue Song, Dialogue with Mondrian No. 8, 2012
Xue Song, Autumn Colors, 2016
Xue Song, Calligraphy Imagery, 2014
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Xue Song, <i>New Heights,</i> 2015
Xue Song, <i>Spring Colors,</i> 2013
Xue Song, <i>Autumn River Boating,</i> 2015
Xue Song,<i> Sailing Amidst Mountains,</i> 2016
Xue Song, <i>Tribute to Rothko I, </i>2015
Xue Song, <i>Dialogue with Mondrian No. 4,</i> 2012
Xue Song, <i>Dialogue with Mondrian No. 8,</i> 2012
Xue Song, <i>Autumn Colors, </i>2016
Xue Song, <i>Calligraphy Imagery,</i> 2014
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Pine smoke ink, famous throughout China, is a type of precious inkstick made from pine soot, or the deposition of smoke particles from burning pinewood. Xue Song, who is named after the great pines (song in Chinese) of Yellow Mountain, begins his collages by burning printed images, in which the ashes are collected and mixed into his paint; this artistic practice and synthetic medium can be regarded as a new Pine Smoke Ink.

Since the late 1990s, Xue Song has made extensive use of traditional Chinese calligraphy and painting, either as ready-made images for his burnt collage, or as classical themes to be reinvented in a contemporary context. Although his practice is derived from Pop Art, it carries a profound sense of Chinese culture and the spirit of ink painting. The artistic practice of Pine, Smoke, Ink opens a new chapter in genre of Modern Ink.

Ink Asia 2017
Hong Kong Convention Centre
December 15 – 17, 2017

Gallery Touring Exhibition
January 6 – March 4, 2018
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 2:00 – 6:00 pm


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