Pop Calligraphy 1998
ink on paper
This group of work borrows Chinese calligraphy as the vehicle with which to explore fusions along several axes: word-image, traditional-pop art, and Western-Eastern cultures. As ideograph and pictograph, Chinese calligraphy is considered an art form that combines the skills of both writing and drawing. Years of dedicated study and practice is expected and demanded, in order to achieve an acceptable level of competence.
By self-teaching "calligraphy" in a few months to create these new "drawings," the notions of authenticity, originality, and tradition are complicated. In some cases, the process of tracing out the outlines of desired forms, then drawing over them with ink underscores the absurdity of taking shortcuts and simply mimicking the appearance of the traditional form.
1-5: installation, Cooper Union, NYC 1998
6: "Coke" 1998
7: "KFC" 1998
8: "Flower/Finger" 1998