lu xinjian: invisible poem paintings lu xinjian: invisible poem paintings
jun 07, 2012

lu xinjian: invisible poem paintings

‘du fu: jue ju’, 2012 acrylic on canvas 150cm x150cm

after the popularity of his first collection entitled ‘city dna’ previously covered by designboom here, chinese artist lu xinjian has sent us his new paintings ‘invisible poem’ where he revisits form, color and pattern. the painter explored a similar visual mood in the last series, which xinjian explains also stimulated these latest works, however this time using the craft of language and poetry to direct the opus. 

‘charles baudelaire: l’amour du mensonge’, 2012 acrylic on canvas 201cm x 175cm in a paper by the only living writer featured in the series mark talacko, the paintings are described to be graphic recordings of literature about love by poets from different times and cultures such as shakespeare and baudelaire (above). he does this by re-interpreting the letters and characters with his unique design, choosing colors based on how he felt when reading the spirit of the compositions. the purpose of the set is to revivify the art of verse as well as the relationship between the image and the written word. you can read the full essay on the project here.

  ‘charles baudelaire: les métamorphoses du vampire’, 2012 acrylic on canvas 201cm x 175cm

‘charles baudelaire: la mort des amants’, 2012 acrylic on canvas 150cm x 150cm

‘charles baudelaire: les deux bonnes soeurs’, 2012 acrylic on canvas 160cm x 200cm

‘charles baudelaire: vers pour le portrait de m. honoré daumier’, 2012 acrylic on canvas 150cm x150cm

‘li bai: question and answer in the mountains’, 2011 acrylic on canvas 150cm x 150cm

‘li bai: for wang lun’, 2011 acrylic on canvas 150cm x 150cm

‘william shakespeare: sonnet 138’, 2011 acrylic on canvas 144cm x 210cm

‘william shakespeare: sonnet 18’, 2011 acrylic on canvas 144cm x 210cm

designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions’  feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

  • …i love it! great work!

    ervin says:
  • Marvelous!

    Roger says:
  • Dejavu. Kaspersky

    ValentinaW says:
  • Kaspersky. Exactly. :)))

    Robin says:
  • i can’t see any relationship between the drawing and the poem by Libai. just the play of the form!

    2b says:
  • indeed, it’s more difficult to find the chinese poem than others, because of the structure of language, I guess, take a close look and follow the yellow green lines at \’li bai: question and answer in the mountains\’ , that\’s the poem…

    xinjian says:
  • muito bonito! inspirador! trabalho com codebars e foi muito animador ver pinturas que remetem ao concretismo, escola que guia meu trabalho de pintura. congratulations, Lu!!!

    rogerio camargo says:
  • If the words were easy to read, that would eliminate unnecessary confusion.

    This would be like taking a photomicrograph of a recreational drug so I could interpret the various physiological and psychological effects on the body. The appearance of the substance has nothing to do with the effect on my body just as the typeface has nothing to do with the word itself.

    As an artist you are responsible for the parts and the whole. Why have you chosen those shapes? Why have you arranged them in that way? Why is it that they form no logical system? Why have you introduced bits of an existing system, scattered it and camouflaged it?

    Ernst Breithaupt says:

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