Wieslaw Borkowski, ‘Pipa Dream 12’, 2014, E-Moderne Gallerie
Wieslaw Borkowski, ‘Pipa Dream 12’, 2014, E-Moderne Gallerie
Wieslaw Borkowski, ‘Pipa Dream 12’, 2014, E-Moderne Gallerie
Wieslaw Borkowski, ‘Pipa Dream 12’, 2014, E-Moderne Gallerie
Wieslaw Borkowski, ‘Pipa Dream 12’, 2014, E-Moderne Gallerie

The inspiration for the work came from the Chinese Poet Bai Juyi's* poem “Pipa Song and the memory of a Pipa (Chinese lute) musical performance.

Artworks from the “Musical Calligraphy series” are improvised translations of music into the artistic script. Using the abstract calligraphic form of the Chinese cursive script, it's character is unrestrained, rhythmic and emotional.

This "writing" is abstract and has a calligraphic form, resembling Chinese running script, thus the name "Musical Calligraphy." Unrestrained, rhythmic and emotional, each work is my interpretation of a particular piece.

Weislaw took part in an autumn evening cruise on the famous West Lake (Hangzhou), accompanied by beautiful Pipa player. Her enchanting performance inspired him profoundly, sometimes later I created twelve paintings. Each painting is composed of the Chinese character ”夢 (meng-Dream), in the shape of the instrument, written once or many times. Using the Running Script**, a style of the Chinese calligraphy. He also incorporated the name of the Pipa player in the art to create this Pipa Dream series.

  • Chinese poet Bai Juyi's白居易of the Tang dynasty (618–907) who used his elegantly simple verse to protest the social evils of his day, including corruption and militarism.

**The "running" script, 行書 approximates normal handwriting in which strokes and, more rarely, characters are allowed to run into one another.

Signature: Yes, Artist Stamped

Exhibitions:
2012 - Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China
2015 - A Dialogue: Chopin and Pipa Dream, Sanlang Art Dimension, Hangzhou
2015 - Homescapes, Chongwen Experimental School, Hangzhou
2015 - Homescapes, Consulate General of the Republic of Poland, Shanghai
2016 - Influx, Hangzhou Library Exhibition Space
2016 - Ningbo Cultural Plaza
Group exhibitions:
2014 - Foreign Student’s Biennale, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou
2015 - CAA Graduate exhibition (“A Dialogue Between Apsara and Angel” Golden Award); following exhibition of awarded works
2015 - Thousand-Year Narratives, CAA Museum, Hangzhou
2015 - New Contemporary, Foreheal hotel, Seoul, Korea
2016 - Bodyspace, Hangzhou Library Exhibition Space
2017 - Dissimilation
Collection
Hangzhou Official collections:
Xinjiang Qiuci Research Institute, China
China Academy of Art Museum, China
Jingde Ceramic Art Research Institute, China

Hangzhou, China

About Wieslaw Borkowski

Polish, b. 1989, Kroscienko nad Dunajcem, Poland, based in Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China