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Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Exhibition Private - USA & Canada
Asia Week New York

Fung Ming Chip: Traces of Time

Fu Qiumeng Fine Art
65 East 80th Street, Ground Floor,
New York, USA
Mar 17, 2023 To May 20, 2023

Detail: Beginning March 17th, 2023, Fu Qiumeng Fine Art will mount a special presentation of Chinese artist Fung Ming Chip (冯明秋, b. 1951)’s latest series, Number Series, while also showcasing the artist’s unique approach to the medium of shufa (书法, the art of writing) through a selection of works taken from across his long career.  An accomplished poet, playwright, essayist, and seal carver, Fung’s latest works deconstruct shufa by exploring the connection between writing, self-representation, and time.

Born in Guangdong and raised in Hong Kong, Fung began his artistic career after he moved to New York City in 1977.  His first experiments in seal carving (篆刻, zhuanke) deconstructed the forms of Chinese characters in this traditional medium. This engagement with the written word led Fung to a broader study of Chinese characters in the art of shufa.  Over the past forty years, Fung has invented dozens of distinctive “scripts” that employ a wide range of styles and non-traditional processes, each of which explores how shufa works to represent the artist’s practice unfolding in time.

On view through May 20th, Traces of Time features 19 works that illuminate Fung Ming Chip’s evolving art practice and calligraphic philosophy in the past four decades. In the newest series Number Script, Fung builds upon his past experiments, using successive layers of Arabic numbers, inky washes, and calculated excisions to transcribe his full process of creation.  Every action – from the first stroke of his brush to his final affixture of his seals – is clearly legible on the page. Each work thus functions as an unbroken transcription of Fung’s artistic process and, by extension, a portrait of the artist himself.

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