Gu Wenda, ‘Ink Alchemy’, 1999-2001, Hanart TZ Gallery
Gu Wenda, ‘Ink Alchemy’, 1999-2001, Hanart TZ Gallery
Gu Wenda, ‘Ink Alchemy’, 1999-2001, Hanart TZ Gallery
Gu Wenda, ‘Ink Alchemy’, 1999-2001, Hanart TZ Gallery

An installation consists of a bottle of original human hair, a bottle of human hair in semi- charcoal state, and a bottle of human hair pigment. “Genetic ink pigment” (made of human hair) in test tube and “Genetic ink sticks” (made of human hair) in wood boxes
Dimension variable
Produced by Shanghai Cao Sugong Ink Factory, China

About Gu Wenda

Wenda Gu is considered a pioneer for building upon and appropriating traditional Chinese traditional ink painting and calligraphy in his conceptual projects. Gu, who has a background in classical ink painting, has explored the radical possibilities of the medium through series of environmental installations and large-scale semi-abstract works. A member of the post-Revolution Chinese diaspora, Gu is concerned with themes of regionalism, national identity, universality, and the gaps between language and culture. The most famous of his projects includes the “United Nations” (begun 1993), in which Gu collected human hair from countries around the world, and wove them into banners with text in invented languages; Gu’s goal was to have one piece in the series in every country in the world.

Chinese, b. 1955, Shanghai, China