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Progression

Leung Chi Kwan

Mixed Media

70cm x 140cm (4 pcs)

Ancient Chinese invented characters to record and convey messages. By contrast, present Chinese characters are often relegated to become the byproduct of the convenience of communication. In view of the phenomenon that people have been arbitrarily changing the appearance of Chinese characters with the utilization of simplified Chinese characters and Internet buzzwords, my work “Progression” is to question whether the latest development of Chinese characters is a progression or a regression. Executed in Oracle Bone Script, Seal Script and Clerical Script, this series examines the evolution of script-styles by exploring into the essence of traditional calligraphy from the pictographic elements in the earlier scripts to the expressive touches of the brush in later scripts. With the weird inclusion of the implied and deconstructed Chinese characters, the work rethinks on the meanings and value of present-day Chinese characters.

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