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Lin Guocheng (b. 1979) 林国成

“Xu Daoning’s Mountains”

Horizontal scroll, unmounted
Ink on paper
67.0 x 187.0 cm. (26 1/2 x 73 1/2 in.)

Lin Guocheng was born in Shantou, Guangdong province in 1979. He studied for a brief period at the Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts and currently lives and works in Beijing. He has had solo exhibitions in London and Hong Kong and since 2004 has been included in many group shows throughout China including Beijing and Shanghai. This Kaikodo exhibition is Guo’s debut in the United States. The present work was a perfect contribution to the exhibition, capturing the heart and soul of Kaikodo’s relationship to contemporary Chinese painting. Lin painting follows, through an eccentric use of pen and ink, a work by the great 11th century Northern Song period artist Xu Daoning, now in the Nelson Gallery of Art in Kansas City. Lin introduces another dimension, literally, in his work. A plane oriented diagonally to the picture plane draws the eye into what feels like a spatial warp and a time warp as well, since Xu Daoning’s Song-period vision has been transformed into Lin’s modern one.

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