my first ever solo show after years of non-painting, was held in late 2007, Taipei, Taiwan. after i had returned from spending summer/fall abroad. i had accumulated so many brush drawing/paintings, it was hard to choose which to show, but rob ogle (who curated my exhibit) was really insightful in helping me make the cuts. many friends came to support the opening reception and we had such a fun party that ppl had left and came back. The night went on til nearly 2am. i sold more than 1/2 of the inks that night; the 6’scroll went to my sister (now in shanghai, china) and the black painting was also sold. it’s always a little sad to part with my artwork, but i was happy too that each would have a new home.
i’ve been unorganized back then and only managed to document some of the ink on paper pcs and a snapshot of the only acrylic painting in the show. i do however have recently uploaded the other 2 acrylic on board paintings done around the same time here.
since i travel quite a bit, painting big isn’t always feasible. i carry with me drawing pads and brush pens to draw while i moving about. there are lots of time when i wait around when i fly, ride the train, or just sitting and waiting. these are times when the drawings happen. everything i c and experience influence me internally.
these drawings, like my paintings, r done without “plans” or “sketching”, i don’t decide in advance exactly what i’m going to do. i hv an awareness of my environments; things i c everyday, big or sm all around, like the patterns i c on a tree trunk or the shape of the lines on cooled lava bed. i simply pick up a color i like in the moment and make the decision on where in the page i shall start, n ther i go. it’s my zen meditation n my body dancing thru the space via the pen or brush.
the earlier sets, i then to fill the pages as a practice, as if the drawing is only a part of a larger space, lines overflow the edges. the later drawing, i set a diff parameter, stay inside the page, use empty space as part of the composition. either carries with it different esthetics, mainly i want the view to feel the motion, the flow, the details of the line, to b drawn in further after the initial glance, that ths isn’t just decorative.