Opening tonight: my collaboration with Chinese sculptor Lin Gang, a two-person exhibition where we've created artworks inspired by the each other's work, and by Chinese history. I've created a new body of abstract works using Morse code, referencing fragments of poetry from the Tang and Song Dynasties .
Introduction from Curator Lydia Duanmu:
When the Chinese people in the Song Dynasty reveled in their traditional orchestral music, they had no idea that the Byzantine art on the other side of the world was beginning to shift from realism to abstract naturalism. This shift was the result of the influence on Byzantine culture of Eastern mysticism, which derived artistic inspirations from nature and the natural state of the universe as the ultimate source of beauty. These artistic inspirations of truthfulness, harmony and metaphysics stimu- lated the imagination and creativity of the Byzantine artists.
This influence of Eastern mysticism on Byzantine art and culture was not apparent to the people of that time,it was understood only by the higher powers. Now, thousands of years later, two cultural worlds are brought together in an age where higher powers’s vision may be seen by all. On January 20, 2019, Eastern artist, Lin Gang, and his Western counterpart, Bill Claps, meet in Hangzhou, Chi- na, to present an art exhibition, Harmonic Collaboration, which unites the artistic expression of East and West.
Bill Claps is a dual Italian and American New Yorker and a graduate of Harvard University, where he studied painting and art history. As a visual artist, filmmaker and writer。
Starting with his artwork ‘Natural Abstractions’, which he processes digitally and prints in black and white, Claps then applies a layer of gold foil to the images, utilizing a unique process he developed. This technique recalls the Byzantine gilding practices, updated for the 21st century by combining them with photographic and digital processing technologies
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