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WANG DONGLING (b.1945)
WANG DONGLING (b.1945)

Chaos Script Calligraphy-Gong Zizhen 'Rise'

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WANG DONGLING (b.1945)
Chaos Script Calligraphy-Gong Zizhen 'Rise'
Scroll, mounted and framed
Ink on paper
96 x 178 cm. (37 ¾ x 70 1/8 in.)
Executed in 2016
Translation of the poem :
Little remains of my possessions; even my grizzled hair is getting scarce. But undying are my childhood aspirations, dreams of exploring heaven and earth.
An orange orb peeps in under the curtain. “Rise!” I thunder out. High rises the moon; and with it there rise from the blossoming shrubbery on all sides portentous shadows tumultuous as the tides.

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Renowned internationally to combine calligraphy practice, performance and installation art, Wang Dongling received traditional calligraphy training and was an apprentice of calligrapher Lin Sanzhi. He once claimed that “the brush has become an extension of my body. Calligraphy has been my calling, my life, and my aspiration.” As an artist as well as an active advocate for contemporary calligraphy, Wang combines action and spirit to turn the art of writing from a flat art to an expressive performance. Wang promotes the versatility of calligraphy, in which the format, subject and presentation can be relevant to contemporary society, resulting in abstract calligraphic works that interact harmoniously with its surroundings and its audience.

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