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Beijing, China:: Leilei Guo,, 2013.. Edition of 5. 39.3 × 26.6× 4.6 cm closed (15.5 x 10.5 x 1.8"); 320 × 195 cm extended (125 x 76.8"), 56 folds (double-sided panels). Silkscreen prints. Laid in four-flap hardcover portfolio wrapper with tie closure. Landscape drawing on cover flap by the artist using pastels. Poem handwritten by the artist in Chinese and English on interior flaps of portfolio. Translation to English by the artist. This massive (when laid out) work is another in Leilei Guo's continuing examination of the interaction of East and West. Leilei Guo: "This work has two different but related pictorial sides. One side has a calligraphy version of Zhe Gu Tian Xi Du Zuo, a poem written by Dunru Zhu during the Song Dynasty. The calligraphy appears to float on a scene of today's city traffic. The other side of this picture shows the cityscape of Manhattan, as seen from Long Island. Floating across the images of Manhattan is the calligraphic poem. Two different cultures, two different times, two different modes of expression ?- different but related. "The poem side represents the city as place of potential solitude, just like the poet described in the poem, a site to pursue a peaceful and natural place inside the heart, undisturbed by the surrounding bustle of city life. This is the life style preferred by all the ancient Chinese literati. This world is symbolized the three different color blocks covering the calligraphy. The color scheme comes from the artistic conception of the poem, formed by the different tones of Chinese characters. A white block is for the first and second tones, a black block is for the third and fourth tones, and a grey block is the flexible pronunciation that may change in sentences. "The other side shows a view of Manhattan, one of the most modern cities in the world, a city in the dreams of many people in developing countries. People modernize their countries, develop the economy, and copy the super cities, not only the buildings but also the life style." Zhe Gu Tian Xi Du Zuo (translation from the Chinese original by the artist): "I?'m in charge of mountains and water in the heaven, where God made me profligate and unrestrained. For many times I gave orders to allocate wind and rain, and presented memorials to God for keeping the colorful clouds, and lending the moon to people. I live a free life, reciting 10,000 poems is never too many, and drinking 1,000 cups of alcohol will never make me drunk. In my eyes, kings and ministers are worthless. I do not even care about being appointed a senior position in heaven. I prefer to place a stick of plum flower and get drunk in the city of Luoyang, the flower capital.
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