Saturday, August 17, 2013

Xu Bing's Background Story 7 at British Meseum

By Aisa Pop Culture

Xu Bing (徐冰) is one of China’s foremost contemporary artists. His latest creation is a light and shadow box installation commissioned by the British Museum. Inspired by a traditional Chinese scroll painting, the series, Background Story 7, consists of a dramatic large-scale shadow and light box giving the illusion of a traditional Chinese landscape, and was completed in 12 days.

Xu Bing has been creating installations for Background Story since 2004 at the invitation of various museums in China and abroad.  Here is how Art Daily describes Xu's work:
In these hand-printed volumes he confronted viewers with his self-invented system of signs that so decisively resemble Chinese characters that viewers struggled to understand why they were unable to read the words. Here at the British Museum Xu Bing now extends this mind game to the pictorial realm.  
(I do remember leaning Chinese Calligraphy (書法) in Taiwan when I was young and even won second place in a Calligraphy contest at 6th grade.  Sadly, I can't say I've done much to keep this beautiful Chinese art and tradition as part of my life in the U.S.)