ShanghART Gallery 香格纳画廊
中文

Stele
LIANG SHAOJI 梁绍基
2008 ~ 2014
Multi-channel video
Three-channel HD video, sound
10 minutes 7 seconds
Edition of 3 + 2AP
LSJ_9406

This work started from beginning of 2008. In 2009 I tried another round and fi nished the editing for the fi rst time. The work was not completed until 2014. And
the humming was done by myself.
Looking at the shadow of silkworm, I can read history.
History is just like the silk fi bre running endlessly.
History is also like a wisp of cloud scudding into oblivion.
Slowly the cluster of caterpillars crawl and wriggle, casting a shadow on screen and forming an amazing piece of calligraphy - in silkworm script, an archaic
style in China often found as memorial inscription in high cliff or tattoo on skin. Consisting of shadows of the movement of silkworm, the calligraphy is highly
expressive: some raise heads eagerly, some squirm painfully, and others drop down accidentally. They become fable of history, the history of the hero, the
great, the pain and the turmoil. As the silk piece grows thicker and thicker, light is gradually blocked so the characters of silkworm script disappear, leaving
only a stele deprived of any inscription and the sound of humming. Words are not fully uttered and history not fully unfolded either. Witness of existence of
those who exist, the wordless stele is also echoed by the plaint for the departed and implies the understanding of the passing of time. All things fall into void
and fi nally oneness.
Chinese people have been upholding the tradition of history, literature, music and poem from ancient times. Learning from the ancients I sing out the history
(like CAO Cao in View of the Blue Sea, LIU Bang in Song of the Great Wind, and CHEN Zi’ang in On a Gate-tower at Yuzhou). The sound in experiment is
extraordinarily deep and spacious with profound meanings.


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Detail pictures:

Installation view of premiere at ShanghART, 2014
Installation view at Power Station of Art, Shanghai, 2021
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Related Exhibitions:
Homage - The Golden Age Never Gone, Art Museum of Nanjing University of Fine Arts 03.15, 2022 -04.20, 2022
Liang Shaoji: A Silky Entanglement, Power Station of Art, Shanghai 09.28, 2021 -02.20, 2022
The Second Invitation Exhibition of Chinese Contemporary Art Masters: Chinese Morphological Expressionism, Cui Zhenkuan Art Museum, Xi'an 09.19, 2020 -11.01, 2020
Growing, Chronus Art Center (CAC) , Shanghai 03.21, 2019 -06.30, 2019
The Curitiba International Biennale 2017, Oscar Niemeyer Museum, Curitiba, Brazil 09.30, 2017 -02.25, 2018
Cloud above Cloud, Museum of China Academy of Art, Hangzhou 09.27, 2016 -10.10, 2016
Too Loud A Solitude, Hive Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing 03.17, 2016 -04.17, 2016
Three and One Third, Kylin Contemporary Center of Art, Beijing 10.23, 2015 -12.23, 2015
Myth / History II: Shanghai Galaxy, YUZ Museum, Shanghai 03.17, 2015 -07.12, 2015
Liang Shaoji: Back to Origin, ShanghART H-Space, Shanghai 09.26, 2014 -10.30, 2014