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Post-Marijuana, Sand Script

Fung Ming Chip

Asian Art

Through his radical deconstruction and reinvention of traditional calligraphic forms, Fung Ming Chip has created more than one hundred unique script styles. The artist first writes with water on a blank sheet of paper; the characters become visible only after he applies a layer of dark ink over it. Where the water has saturated the paper, the ink is only partially absorbed, leaving enigmatic traces of characters that float on the surface of the composition. In this painting, the play of light focuses the viewer’s attention on the images as they ebb and flow in rhythmic pulsating layers of ink, emphasizing the visual experience rather than the meaning of the text. A self-taught calligrapher, Fung is the rare artist who carves his own seals and then uses them in unconventional ways to frame the abstracted calligraphic forms in his paintings. Two of his seals are on view in the adjacent display case, on the “Life of a Scholar.”
MEDIUM Ink on paper
DATES 2013
DIMENSIONS with cord and knobs: 105 15/16 × 51 in. (269.1 × 129.5 cm) image: 71 3/8 × 37 in. (181.3 × 94 cm) mount: 105 3/16 × 47 3/8 in. (267.2 × 120.3 cm)  (show scale)
SIGNATURE 2013seals: 四不館 (Four NO studio-his studio name) 明秋 (ming chip) 明明德 (Cultivating good behavior) 5 small seals : 6,10, 8, 9, 5.
INSCRIPTIONS 大麻之後 麻後的幸福 掙扎扭動 張向空虛空間 交錯狂亂 上下舞成一片 走著走著 越出價值意義之外 踏破禁錮時光的囚籠 邁向夜的盡頭 命的盡頭 一踏足 一轉身 又自覺地沉淪到底 靈魂超脫 得成正果 Post Marijuana The euphoria that follows marijuana The twisting and turning Stretching into empty space Craziness and chaos intermingling Mixing good and evil Moving on and on Beyond the sense of value Breaking the shackles of the prisoner’s age of time Striding towards the edge of the night The furthest edge of life Treading, spinning Consciously sinking to the bottom Detached from the soul To become a saint
CREDIT LINE Gift of Fung Ming Chip and Yim Tom
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Fung Ming Chip. Post-Marijuana, Sand Script, 2013. Ink on paper, with cord and knobs: 105 15/16 × 51 in. (269.1 × 129.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Fung Ming Chip and Yim Tom, 2014.57.2. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: , 2014.57.2_detail01_PS11.jpg)
IMAGE detail, 2014.57.2_detail01_PS11.jpg., 2018
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Fung Ming Chip. <em>Post-Marijuana, Sand Script</em>, 2013. Ink on paper, with cord and knobs: 105 15/16 × 51 in. (269.1 × 129.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Fung Ming Chip and Yim Tom, 2014.57.2. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: , 2014.57.2_detail01_PS11.jpg)