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Mon. 10/15 Rational Flower

Posted by novoscene on October 15, 2007

“Civilization is a derelict streetcar named Desire, grimacing in the dappled rays of the setting sun…what I can try and do is to pick up my artist’s sickle and hoe, to take care of my fields of soy and sorghum in the vast land of art.”-Changming Meng 

Painter, author and uncompromising deep thinker Changming Meng has an absolutist view on art-the main purpose should be beauty, not philosophy.  Inspirations for his swirling abstract ink paintings range from the sun and moon to Koi fish and traditional Chinese calligraphy.  A bit of a departure for someone who spent years studying the works of Kant, Nietzsche and novelist James Joyce. 

Meng says the artist “must inevitably rely on the depth of his thoughts, the purity of his feelings, and his awareness of himself” to make the work successful.  Through his painting and writing, Meng offers a pure view of himself as a creator.  -Kwan

“Rational Flower” Ink Drawings by Changming Meng 


Daily through Oct. 20

Gallery ZiZi

2014 Park Blvd.

Oakland, CA



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