Xu Bing 徐冰, ‘Background Story - Sunny After Sudden Snow Scroll 背後的故事-快雪時晴圖’, 2014, Asia Art Center
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Background Story - Sunny After Sudden Snow Scroll 背後的故事-快雪時晴圖, 2014

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135 3/5 × 11 4/5 × 39 2/5 in
344.5 × 30 × 100 cm
Location
Taipei, Beijing, Shanghai
Xu Bing 徐冰
Chinese, b. 1955
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Pioneering Chinese contemporary artist Xu Bing creates powerful, poignant mixed-media installations, in which he subverts systems of language, upending expectations and perception. He explains that his works “are all linked by a common thread, which is to construct some kind of obstacle to people's habitual ways of thinking—what I call the ‘cognitive structures’ of the mind.” Trained as a printmaker, Xu is informed by the Cultural Revolution, Chan Buddhism, and his keen interest in the relationship between meaning and words, writing, and reading. He has famously re-invented Chinese characters and the English alphabet, rendering Chinese nonsensical and English into legible Chinese characters, effectively challenging comprehension of both. In Book from the Sky (1987-91), Xu filled a gallery with scrolls and books hand-printed with 4,000 “false” Chinese characters—a stunning commentary on the subjectivity of language and its meaning.

Xu Bing 徐冰, ‘Background Story - Sunny After Sudden Snow Scroll 背後的故事-快雪時晴圖’, 2014, Asia Art Center
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Xu Bing 徐冰
Chinese, b. 1955
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Pioneering Chinese contemporary artist Xu Bing creates powerful, poignant mixed-media installations, in which he subverts systems of language, upending expectations and perception. He explains that his works “are all linked by a common thread, which is to construct some kind of obstacle to people's habitual ways of thinking—what I call the ‘cognitive structures’ of the mind.” Trained as a printmaker, Xu is informed by the Cultural Revolution, Chan Buddhism, and his keen interest in the relationship between meaning and words, writing, and reading. He has famously re-invented Chinese characters and the English alphabet, rendering Chinese nonsensical and English into legible Chinese characters, effectively challenging comprehension of both. In Book from the Sky (1987-91), Xu filled a gallery with scrolls and books hand-printed with 4,000 “false” Chinese characters—a stunning commentary on the subjectivity of language and its meaning.

Xu Bing 徐冰

Background Story - Sunny After Sudden Snow Scroll 背後的故事-快雪時晴圖, 2014

綜合媒材
135 3/5 × 11 4/5 × 39 2/5 in
344.5 × 30 × 100 cm
Location
Taipei, Beijing, Shanghai
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