Private Asian Collection
Tainan, inart.space, The New Classic of Mountains and Seas - Lu Ming-te, March 5 - April 10, 2011
The New Classic of Mountains and Seas - Lu Ming-te, inart.space, Tainan, 2011, p. 1, 14, 15, illustrated in colour
Art.Investment, Art & Collection Group, Taipei, 2011, March Issue, p. cover, 104, illustrated in colour
ARTITUDE, ARTITUDE, Taipei, 2011, February Issue, p. 68, illustrated in colour
Mythical Celestial Dreamscapes
The ancient peoples of China used texts and illustrations in the Classic of Mountains and Seas to depict the world they knew. These fantastic images of strange beasts and flying fish are reinterpreted anew in the work of artist Lu Ming-Te. Though the artist has given his work the title New Classic of Mountains and Sea, this is not simply a reapplication of the ancient text. What appeals to him is not simply the illustrations of rare birds and magical beasts, but the wealth of vivid imaginings that these illustrations have caused to germinate. The artist's background in traditional landscape painting and illustrations of vines taken from books of botanical survey, combine with the Hokusai-esque waves typical in Japanese folk art, and coexist with images of contemporary lighthouses. There are mountains; there is water. Linear time and spatial perception is deconstructed and rebuilt with the addition of mythical narrative, creating a limitless and fantastic reality. The bliss and stability depicted in this illusionary landscape approaches the ideals of a Shangri-La. For the artist, art springs from a hope for the future. Simultaneous to creating these "scapes" on canvas are aims for an ideal future. Though the works depict a multitude of flying fish and fanstastic beasts, flora, and fauna – these coexist in relative stability, in a state of harmony and peace. They are copious but ordered, diverse but not chaotic. Some "Lu-esque homor", embedded within, invites the audience to dialogue with the artist.
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