Mountains in The Clouds: Xu Longsen’s Evolving, Monumental Landscape
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Introducing his concept of “monumental ink art landscape painting” Xu presents a series of recent works including a three-meter-high installation entitled Shanshui Totem.
Coinciding with a solo show at the Art Institute of Chicago, Xu’s Hong Kong exhibit features Shanshui Totem, a monumental installation work turning the space into a “spiritual landscape,” alongside a series of monumental landscape paintings in a collection called Mountains in the Clouds.
Born in Shanghai in 1956, and now residing in Beijing, Xu’s artistic practice draws on the Chinese ink canon, often on a large scale—a trend more prevalent on the Mainland than Hong Kong, owing in part to the availability of space there.
Xu’s massive installation consists of a set of pillars moulded from felt and painted with layers of ink wash, along with a number of breathtaking landscape paintings—all inspired by the mythological Mount Kunlun, home to many Chinese gods and goddesses.