Persistence of Form
Persistence of Form is a pair of artworks by Chinese artist He Ping. They are composed of Chinese ink on Chinese rice paper, set on canvas. They each measure 72cm x 72cm. This work was donated to Fondazzjoni Kreattività in 2016 and is now part of the Fondazzjoni Kreattività Art Collection.
In these art works He Ping infuses quintessential elements of Chinese culture with a contemporary and modern expressionistic approach. Despite the abstract facade of the works, Ping’s abstraction is, in effect, deeply rooted in nature, life and mankind as he attributes their intrinsic qualities with a spiritual impression visible through their external physical form. Ping’s forms are animated with the bold invigorating monochrome contrast of black Chinese ink against a white background, or through a fusion of bright-coloured paint which radiates a different kind of life force.
Aesthetically, Ping’s works resemble rotund personas absorbed in introspective meditation. Yet, his simplified representations, or rather symbols, venture into the realm of minimalism wherein elements hidden to the human eye are revealed through images defined by the familiar forms of traditional Chinese calligraphy.
It is through searching in the depths of things that I discovered the infinite possibilities of painting. There possibilities may not be apparent, but they are indeed an existing component of the colorful and structural constituents of life and the universe.
Persistence of Form has been displayed in the following exhibitions:
- 25th January to 7th April 2019: Art from the Fondazzjoni Kreattività Collection: Documenting 2013-2018, held at Spazju Kreattiv;
- 3rd September to 28th September 2018: The work was featured in the Id-Dinja M'Għadiex Ċatta (The World Is No Longer Flat) exhibition at the European Court of Auditors, Luxembourg;
- 2nd September to 12th October 2016: The work was first exhibited as part of Ping's Persistence of Form exhibition, held at Spazju Kreattiv .