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The Western Artist's Alternation

Extensions of a No-Place (inspired by the Mountain of Jade Floating in the Great River by Li Tang, Song Dynasty), 2 pieces

Extensions of a No-Place (inspired by the Mountain of Jade Floating in the Great River by Li Tang, Song Dynasty)

Peter Nelson has been a keen student of Song Dynasty landscape paintings for many years. This ceramic is based directly on an anonymous album leaf from the National Palace Museum collection.

Nelson traced the main brush strokes of the painting into a 3D modeling program, and then tried to imagine how the mountain would look in a three-dimensional format. Because the original artist created this mountain out of brush and ink play, the transformation into a physical form is both fanciful and impossible (what does the back of the mountain look like?). Like the mountain in the original painting, this ceramic artwork is a portrait of the artist and his own memory of mountains, and has little to do with the physical world.

Extensions of a No-Place (Wen Zhengming)

This ceramic was traced from a painted rock formation in Wen Zhengming’s Imitating Zhao Bosu's Illustration of the Latter Red Cliff (仿赵伯骕后赤壁图). The rocks in this painting reference the classic Tang Dynasty blue and green coloration. In addition, Wen Zhengming paints with the history of the Yuan scholar painters. Transforming this painted rock into a 3D model is also transforming layers of painted history into an abstracted sculptural representation. Like one artist copying another, Peter Nelson took the strokes and forms of this rock, and improvised and invented new information to complete his sculpture. A digital interpretation of same rock can also be in front of the tree in Panel 5 of Peter Nelson’s video animation.