HONG KONG - New York-based installation and ink artist Ross Lewis will unveil “Scroll Machine” at a special exhibition, “Ink+,” to take place during Ink Asia at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) 16-18 December 2016.
Conceived by Hong Kong-based curator Eric Leung Shiu Kee, “Ink+” is intended to showcase contemporary ink artists and artworks which challenge the very definition, means and methods of ink painting.
For the exhibition, Lewis has created “Scroll Machine,” a 9-meter paper scroll marked by ink-soaked rope and collage techniques. The scroll is then placed in motion using a mechanized device made of wood, an approach that allows the artist to explore notions of time and space.
The artwork is a contemporary take on a poem attributed to Northern Song dynasty calligrapher Mi Fu, entitled “Pavilion of Various Views” (Duojing luo). Says Lewis: “Mi’s brushwork is idiosyncratic, wonderfully complex and inventive. His collapsing and capricious forms create a sense of movement and expressiveness.”
Lewis animates his artwork - not just by the mechanical device he employs - but by his rich texturing and energetic handwork. “Scroll Machine” represents a personal journey of the artist and is meant to dazzle the eye and to engage the spirit in a social dialogue steeped in contemporary and historical meaning.
Scroll Machine No. 1, 2016
Ink (applied by rope) and collage on paper
9-meter scroll set in motion by a 1x1.8-meter wood mechanism
Ross Lewis Studio
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Long Island City, New York 11101
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