Mythos Of Lost Dynasties: Pseudo Seal-script in Ancient Wrap 《遺失的王朝:虛構文字系列》

Mythos Of Lost Dynasties: Pseudo Seal-script in Ancient Wrap

1996

Ink on Paper

150 x 83 cm each

 

This historical work in ink on paper was created in 1997 for Gu Wenda’s important installation series United Nations: The Mythos of Lost Dynasties. which include monumental ‘texts’ woven of human hair, and which the artist has staged all over the world. Trained as an ink painter at the Zhejiang Art Academy (now the China Academy of Art) in Hangzhou, Gu began doing conceptual work in the 1980s and was the first artist to work with so-called ‘error-word’ calligraphy—invented scripts that appear to be real Chinese characters but which are actually unreadable.  This installation of four large error-word characters surrealistically positioned against an ink landscape background and marked with a red cross is one of the most dynamic and representative works from this important period of Gu’s oeuvre.