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(Chinese, b. 1988)
Woodblock print, printed on xuan paper with water-soluble ink
61 x 97 cm (24 x 38 3/16 in.)
The Sarah Stern Michael Fund 2020.278.1
This series of five prints transforms landscape elements into abstract patterns while referencing the monochrome tradition of classical ink landscape painting. He Shanqing presses differently shaped and textured, black inked blocks of wood over a grid of preconfigured lines on a sheet of xuan paper. The results are impressions of remarkable variety in texture, monochrome ink shades, and shapes. The title, Neither Mountain nor Water, negates the subject of mountains and water (shan shui) in favor of and with an emphasis on graphic abstraction.
He Shanqing was born in Hunan Province. The first prize winner of the Third Muban Printmaking Award in 2017, he graduated from the China Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing with an MA degree one year later.
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