From a distance, Yun-Fei Ji's traditional brush paintings hark back to the atmospheric landscapes of the Sung Dynasty painters. Step closer though, and Ji's mists are revealed to be toxic clouds, and his craggy mountains are shown to be piles of overflowing garbage and abandoned vehicles. His misty imagery also includes stylized abstractions that may or may not refer to intestines, explosions or bubbling slime. Using traditional materials (inks, Chinese brushes and handmade mulberry paper) Ji employs age-old methods to illuminate historic and contemporary concerns. This full-color monograph/catalogue includes a new thematic group of six large-scale works made especially for the exhibition, Yun-Fei Ji: The Empty City, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (January 23 - March 24, 2004).
Published by: Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis
With texts by: Melissa Chiu, Tan Lin, Gregory Volk
Edited by: Shannon Fitzgerald
Softcover; 95 pages with color illustrations.
For more information about the exhibition, please visit Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.