Big Inky Grid Art (Li Huasheng)

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(Li Huasheng, 0669) On the surface, a very simple grid. Only it’s not simple. Consider the massive size of the 4 scrolls, practically 12 feet in height, and that the artist, Li Huasheng, drew each line freehand, described in terms of brush control, concentration, the embodiment of and meditation. You can read more here at the website for the visiting Ink Art exhibit at the Met of contemporary Chinese art. What strikes me most is the careful abstract visual effect of an extraordinary physical feat, the spatial scale and repetition.

About zjb

Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish thought and philosophical aesthetics. http://religion.syr.edu
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