“…Only after drinking a hundred cups( of wine) he began to get crazy, craziness went with madness, full of creative energy. Rolled up his sleeves, raised up his arm, gave a loud shout, brandished his brush, hundred thousand words were in a flash written down. Sometimes one word or two measured nearly three meters long…..”(Ren Wah, The song of Cursive Calligraphy of Huai Su ( AD 618-907))
有時一字兩字長丈二.... (懷素上人草書歌 任華 (唐朝詩人))
Being transplanted from Hong Kong to the Netherlands for decades; I always have a very strong urge to mix the two cultures inside me into one whole piece. I found it in Calligraphy, especially in writing lines in the wild cursive style. From the rhythms and music I felt by studying the works of Zhang Zhi張芝(-died 192), Zhang Shu 張旭(675-750), Huai Su 懷素(725-785) and Zhu yin Ming 祝允明(1460-1526, I discovered and followed their ways of dancing with the brush and ink on paper, playing the lines and dots with an empty mind, to express my innermost feelings freely, spontaneously and directly without restrain. The large number of Chinese classical poems I had learned by heart as a child in Hong Kong provided me a huge amount of different types of lines in the subconscious. These poems flew naturally, without thinking, from my hand into the paper; I can play hours and hours in a kind of trance, using the rhythms I gained from the mountain ranges in China, and the water landscapes in Amsterdam. The sense of self simply disappeared. Hundreds and thousands of meters of rhythmic lines were created. I had used several rolls of 1000 meters long calligraphy to make installations in the previous years.
You can see this 1000 meter installation of Chinese Calligraphy from 9 February to 3 March 2018 at CBK Amsterdam in the Exhibition: "Lines in Motion"East meets west, cultural Exchange Hong Kong, Chengdu, Amsterdam curated by Loi Che Rakhorst-Chan
Supported by the City Council of Amsterdam and the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Brussels: