Post-Marijuana, Sand Script
Fung Ming Chip
On View: Asian Galleries, West, 2nd floor (China)
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.”
Ink on paper
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)
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.
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
Consciously sinking to the bottom
Detached from the soul
To become a saint
Gift of Fung Ming Chip and Yim Tom
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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)
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