The Art of Xue Song

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.

Preface by Richard MC Chang
Pine.Smoke.Ink by Elaine Suyu Liu

Plates: (Excerpts)
Interview with Xue Song by Liu Chun
A History of Art in 20th Century China by Lu Peng
Eight Views of Taiwan by Elaine Suyu Liu
History of Chinese Oil Painting by Liu Chun

Selected Solo Exhibitions
Selected Group Exhibitions
Selected Public Collections

Xue Song, Pine.Smoke.Ink
January 6 – March 4, 2018

Publisher: Lofty Culture & Art, Dec 2017
Language: Traditional Chinese, English
Curator: Elaine Suyu Liu
Editor: Ming Kong
Translation/Photography: Timothy Chang
Paperback: 136 Pages
Demensions:30 x 23 x 1.2 cm


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