Unreal Nature

May 17, 2019

Jostle Against the Broad Expanse

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… The situation of one brushstroke, one stone, or one steel plate must become a living organism brimming with energy in its relationship with otherness.

This is from The Art of Encounter by Lee Ufan (2018):

I like art that evokes a sense of infinity. There is something that goes far beyond the artist in the landscape paintings of the Tang and Sung dynasties, bursting out of a powerful, resonant space where painted and unpainted parts interact, and ancient Roman murals in which the small remnants of painted images jostle against the broad expanse of plaster which takes up the space around them.

[line break added] Buddhist images carved into natural stone in the mountains, weathered by many years of wind and rain, and the Belvedere Torso, whose missing arms and legs interpenetrate with the surrounding space, are works of art that derive their legitimacy from a relationship with the outside world and they exude an atmosphere of inexhaustible infinity.

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… My kind of minimalism is a method that requires the space around the work to be energized more than the work itself. The work is not a text made up of signs. I want it to be an energetic living body possessing variability and contradictions. The situation of one brushstroke, one stone, or one steel plate must become a living organism brimming with energy in its relationship with otherness. The inherent strength of the materials used is more important than my actions, and they must function as parties to a relationship, an interaction between the materials themselves and between the materials and the surrounding space.

My most recent previous post from Ufan’s book is here.

-Julie

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