The Book of Odes, China's earliest collection of poems, both marks the beginning of Chinese civilization and delineates certain core elements of Asian culture.
My search for the broad mountains, flowing rivers, ruined walls and ancient paths of the Book of Odes felt much like a mysterious engagement with an absent partner. During the shoot, it was almost as if my emotions and artistic direction were under the influence of some unknown force.
When I think back to before I started this project, after several months of textual and geographical research, I was alarmed to find myself falling into the vast artificial construct of annotations and commentaries built by generations of Confucian scholars. With the shadow of such cluttered and factitious interpretations still hanging over the Odes, the meaning of the original text has been misconstrued and concealed, and a distorted, so-called truth has been created.
I believe that changing reality and the text, including historical annotations, continually influence each other. I ask, therefore, in this never-ending process of mutual transformation, what are the principal divergences from the original text, and what layers of meaning have been lost? In terms of my own personal experience, as the original text has long been separated from its concrete context, what is the necessity and basis for so-called poetic sentiments?
I hope to build a stable artistic structure that corresponds on some level to the composition of the Book of Odes, but at the same time pushes the Ode's literary significance into a distant and unfamiliar world, bringing the work's amorphous and mystical concepts into reality, and by doing so, facilitates analysis of the Odes, which truly is an artistic model with limitless possibility.
Born in Qingdao, China
Currently resides New York City
2011 - Chambers Fine Art, Beijing
2011 - Three Shadows Photography Award Exhibition, Beijing
2011 - The Silent Dialog, Babu Space, Beijing
2011 Multi-Dimensional View II - Chengdu Contemporary Photography Exhibition, Chengdu, China
2011 Hey, Hot Shot!, Jen Bekman Gallery, New York, NY
2010 ODE - Lianzhou International Photography Festival, Lianzhou, China
2010 ODE - DaLi International Photography Exhibition, Dali, China
2010 Xiaobing Xu National Photography Contest, Tongxiang, China
2010 Another Landscape - INTER Art Center, Beijing, China
2009 Parallel Translation - Chengdu, Sichuan, China
2009 Red Dot Show - ASL Gallery, NYC, United States
2007 Intimate Distance - Qart Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, United States
2010 Lianzhou International Photography Festival, Photographer of the Year Award
2010 Hey Hot Shot Award, Winner
2008 ASL - Art Students League of New York
2007 RIT - Rochester Institute of Technology
2003 CAFA - China Central Academy of Fine Arts
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