Wu Chi-tsung (吳季璁) and Nick Dong (董承濂), two Taiwan-born contemporary artists, will reimagine the philosophies of Chinese landscape ink paintings through new media works and immersive light-based installations that are not often explored within this genre at a special exhibition running from Feb. 7 through Nov. 10 at the Chinese American Museum in Los Angeles.
Curated by multidisciplinary artist Justin Hoover, "Lightscapes: Re-envisioning the Sanshuihua" hopes to bring forth new interpretations of Chinese landscape ink painting by using art-based methodologies to expand public interest in this age-old literati genre.
Wu, 38, devotes great attention to the methods used in producing and interpreting images. His works span across different media, including photography, video, installation art, painting, and set design, combining traditions and contemporary art forms from the East and West to produce poetic imagery.
The upcoming exhibition will include Wu's "Wire V," "Crystal Series 007," and "Cyano-Collage 047," the latter of which utilizes cyanotype techniques to apply a photosensitive emulsion on hand-wrinkled Chinese rice paper, substituting ink-and-brush strokes with experimental photography to interpret sanshuihua, or Chinese landscape ink painting.
Dong, 46, is conceptual sculptor and metalsmith who creates mixed-media artworks that share his scientific and spiritual exploration of the world. Each piece is crafted with the intention of augmenting the viewer's visual experience and aesthetic appreciation, and igniting an experimental moment.
The upcoming exhibition will include Dong's "Heaven," "Earth," "Mountains," and "Waters," reflective and kinetic installations that explore the philosophical concepts of life, emotion, and desire in a physical universe. The essence of Dong's art creations lies in their ability to interact with exhibitiongoers and provoke thought.
"Lightscapes: Re-envisioning the Sanshuihua" is co-organized with the Ministry of Culture and the Taiwan Academy in Los Angeles, with major support from Friends of the Chinese American Museum and El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument.
‘Lightscapes: Re-envisioning the Sanshuihua’