"Screaming Walls applies a traditional aesthetic concept, established during the Tang Dynasty, known as Wu Lou Hen , or "Water Stains on the Wall." This refers to the highest state of aesthetic development ...finding inspiration in organic,naturally-evolved phenomena. In addition, I have incorporated black ink, which holds powerful artistic and aesthetic connotations in traditional Chinese culture, and is thought to represent all the colors of the spectrum.
Just as norms of human behavior vary with the individual, so is the trajectory of all things in the universe indeterminate and variable. Throughout history, human beings have constantly subverted the natural order, gotten caught up in a vicious
circle, been destined to repeat the same mistakes again and again. The laws of Nature and the traces left by Nature can have a powerful effect on the human mind, but they are so familiar that we tend to take them for granted. Screaming Walls is a work that seeks to place the viewer in a contradictory position, a perplexing space between illusion and reality."
- Liu Jianhua
UCCA EDUCATION & PUBLIC PROGRAM
Artist Talk: Liu Jianhua - Traces
Date: Sunday, Nov 6, 2011 14:00-15:30
Venue: UCCA La Suite