The Art of Xue Song – Exhibition Catalog

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.

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
Price:NT$ 1, 000

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

2017 © Loftyart Gallery

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Eight Views of Taiwan

Lin Pang-soong, Zhou Gang, Xue Song – Art Creation Project Catalog

Eight Views of Taiwan first appeared in 1694 in the official Taiwan Chorography. In the four following centuries, the list of Eight Views has undergone a series of changes according to the times, due to not only the island’s development and social growth, but also the people’s choice of aesthetics and sense of cultural identification. What makes a scenery beautiful? A viewer’s opinion often oversteps the boundaries of objectivity. From 2013, three cross-strait artists, Lin (Apex) Pang-soong, Zhou Gang, and Xue Song, were invited for the Eight Views of Taiwan creation project. Without a preconceived list of Eight Views, the artists were invited to travel around Taiwan, and through their experience and interaction with the island, each represent the scenery in their own artistic language, ultimately painting a view into the cultural and historical heritage of Taiwan.

Publisher: Lofty Culture & Art, Sept 2019
Language: Traditional Chinese, English
Curator: Elaine Suyu Liu
Editor: Timothy Chang
Paperback: 72 Pages
Dimensions: 25 x 25 x 1 cm
ISBN: 978-986-89580-7-4
Price: NT$ 1, 000

Beyond the Silk Road, Across the Sea to Taiwan by Elaine Suyu Liu
A Trip Down Memory Lane by Yoken Wu

Plates: Project Introductions
Lin Pang-soong
Zhou Gang
Xue Song

Lin Pang-soong
Zhou Gang
Xue Song

2015 © Loftyart Gallery

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