Calligraphy Exhibit May 4, 2013

On Saturday, May 4th, 2013, the Shaolin Kung Fu Center of NY was privileged to host an exhibition of the works of renowned Chinese calligraphists Guo Deyuan, Yun Ping, and Jian Je. This small and normally modest space dedicated to the continuation of the ancient martial art of Shaolin Kung Fu was transformed for a day, in its own way, into a space for the visual arts, a transformation which highlights the school's own sense of history and reverence for the other forms of art with which it shares its legacy. The art of calligraphy has deep roots in Chinese culture, as having evolved from the simple act of writing a phrase to making the writing of that phrase into an art form, meaning that the drawing of the very characters of the language in that phrase implies something of the meaning of the phrase itself. The writing not only says what it means, but the very characters of the writing imply in imagery what it means, creating a work of art in the writing. This aspect of Chinese calligraphy in and of itself was beautifully shown throughout the exhibit. The pieces displayed were works of poetry written in different calligraphic styles, from classic to script, and the styles as well as the aesthetic motifs behind them were shown in the exhibit and explained afterwards in a presentation led by teacher and interpreter Byron Wu. This was followed by an in-depth demonstration of the calligraphic arts, with artist Jian Je creating a piece of work especially to be displayed in the Kung Fu school, followed by a generous session of demonstrations, where a number of students were able to partake in the art of calligraphy guided by the masters. Within the exhibit, which encompassed the space of the school, were countless examples of the beauty and grace of these calligraphic artists. Scroll after scroll was hung, relating poetry not entirely comprehensible to the larger viewing public in terms of literal translation, but the graceful figures told their own story to each viewer, illustrating the bend of an ocean wave, the wind slanting off a mountain top, or the pirouette of a ripple in a calm pool of water. All of these images were not the less poetical in a school of Kung Fu, where the beauty of these shapes is aspired to in daily study, admiration, and work.   Written by Julia Zaychenko 5/18/2013   BACK TO EVENTS PAGE


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