- Li Geng
- Mahler's Symphony Series
- ink on paper, framed
- executed in 2015
signed in Pinyin and marked with one seal of the artist
Li Geng currently lives in Japan where he teaches Japanese painting at the Kyoto University of Art and Design. As an educator and artist, Li Geng combines his scholarly and artistic pursuits in his paintings. The “Mahler Symphonies” is an ongoing series of monochromatic ink wash paintings created while experiencing the epic orchestral masterpieces of his favorite composer. As with a live orchestral performance, ink painting is extremely unforgiving: the moment the note is played, the sound is cast; just as with ink, the moment the brush hits the paper, the ink is laid. There is no opportunity to rewind or correct, only to move ahead. The music follows the movement of ink, instilling a sense of rhythm in Li’s painting. Without written logic, painting and music share similar qualities of aesthetic beauty that can only be truly experienced in its actual form, whether seen or heard. The symphony is Li’s inspiration. It is the spirit in his works.