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ZI QUAN

B. Guangzhou, China, 1992

Beyond Space and Time, Seeking and Chasing

Eastern art has always been inseparably yoked with Eastern philosophy. 

 

Even now, our natural understanding of nature is not limited to the trees and grass before our eyes, our understanding of time and space is not limited to this three-dimensional world. The conceptual level of surreal time and space is based on each person's understanding of their own life's conscious continuity, desire to surpass material limitations, to achieve eternity at the spiritual and conscious level. 

 

In this line of thinking, Chinese landscape painting as a womb can surpass this earth's surface and attain the limitless expanse of the starry heavens; Chinese landscape painting's spatial expression can surpass the heart's gravity to express the feeling of time and space passing. Furthermore, this base of philosophical thinking is not only present in the environment of our modern scientific wisdom, but more than a thousand years ago the ancient Chinese had already set the tone for our understanding about the world, nature, and the universe. The character of modern art is too far from tradition, but instead its core is rooted in Eastern philosophy, and developed from there into different forms of art. "The oneness of heaven and humanity" seems faintly discernible but is actually rooted in the veins of the ancient Chinese. l have come from the universe, born with the sun, moon, and stars, and having experienced the seasons, at last I will return to the universe from which I came.

 

I am rooted in heaven and earth.

I have come to seek eternity in art.

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