Song Dong - I Don't Know the Mandate of Heaven
The title of the catalogue and the eponymous exhibition is a fitting reference to Confucius' famous aphorism in the Analects. The reference to Confucius accentuates Song's preoccupations with Chinese traditions and the inherited wisdom of the common people. At the same time, the playfulness owes more to the predominance of Zen and Taoist themes in his work. Throughout his career, humble objects from everyday life have formed the core material of his often transformative and elaborate creations. The artworks presented were built up as a dense, multilayered, crisscrossed narrative that blurs and circumvents any pretensions of meta-discourse, truth, or ideology, opening the artist's work to surprising connections and interpretations.
|360 p, ills colour & bw, 19 x 25 cm, pb, English/Chinese|