Chinese Philology: A Therapeutic Power

1 May 2017 – 6 May 2017

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Royal Opera Arcade (ROA) Gallery

London, United Kingdom

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  • Buses to Picadiily Circus and Charing Cross can also be found.
  • The nearest tube station from which thegallery is only a 5 minute walk is Picabilly Circus or Charing Cross.
  • The nearest train station is Victoria (from where there are frequent buses to Picadilly).
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         The invention of Chinese character is the asset of human civilization. Its composition consists of Chinese people’s perception of the universe, human relation and being. The profound meanings behind the Chinese character enable it to surpass the function of symbols and become a new inspiration for artistic creations. Nowadays, Chinese character has become China’s unique artistic language, which creates a new art form of “Chinese character art” in the contemporary art field. Chinese character art transforms the traditional cultural beliefs into a contemporary language and redelivers it in a global context. 

          This new series of works by Pi Ming typifies the action and ceremony in search of significance and enjoyment of living. Every work is originated from xin (心), the character meaning heart and spirit. Selected from 600 Chinese character with xin (心), the artist focuses on words containing life-long significance. This includes mysterious and abstract concepts such as wisdom, time, mindset, confusion, ego, etc. By juxtaposing ancient pictographs like oracle-bones and ancient bronze inscription with modern fonts like bold Song, Pi guides the audience through time and space to tell his story as a worshiper to Chinese ancient civilization and ancestral wisdom. 

    Painting is a friendly cross-cultural action of recording, display, and conveyance. It bridges the gap between one another by echoed emotions, common ideologies, and humanity. The dancing strokes and repeating colors in Pi’s works form joyful rhythms. Together, they generate a therapeutic power, which comfort us from this chaotic world. 

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