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Yafeng Duan Form of the Formless


Yafeng Duan Form of the Formless

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 01/15/2024
  • Publisher: Snoeck Publishing Company

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Most important when painting is to switch off your head, to let yourself be guided, says German-Chinese painter Yafeng Duan, who was born in Hebei in 1973 and now lives in Berlin. In what way do the paints participate, how do canvas and paper behave, where does the brush lead the hand? Airy and dense, light and dark, inner and outer world, broad brush-strokes and fine lines in the tradition of ink painting, resistance and flow, solid surfaces and floating colours. All of this, Duan continues, corresponds to the rhythm of breathing in and breathing out. Added to this is the element of chance, which can be brought into play without esoteric connotations, as for instance with the compositional technique of John Cage, who drew on the “ I Ching” as a structuring principle. Ideas of form are thus invariably linked to procedural questions: in what way does chance influence the work, how much of this chance is good for it? Originating from Taoism, the principles of yin and yang are then almost inevitably invoked. Originally, these terms stood for the » darkness and the south bank of the river« , for a “ shady place“ (yin) and, in contrast to this, for the “ brightness of the sun” (yang).

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