signed in Chinese and dated '2012/10/12' (on the reverse)
oil on canvas
125.8 x 155.6 cm. (4912 x 6114 in.)
Painted in 2012.
Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner
Private collection, USA
Today Art Museum, Liu Shui Shi: Thinking as Art Media, Beijing, exh. cat. Beijing, 2015, p. 136-137 (illustrated in color).
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The two-dimensional graphics in reality are the reality in the graphics. The construction, lines and colors symbolize a hidden truth that the external image does not deliberately conceal. The only access to the viewer being the figures (or horses, goats and birds), the craftsmanship that created them, as well the logic connections embodied in the narratives. It doesn’t help with the interpretation to categorize it in the chronological art or ethnic history. When Nietzsche is not watching us, and we on the other hand do not focus on him, he only exists within the trinity of the Dasein, together with the horse and the bird. The two animals at the same time await to be watched, they’re waiting for something to happen to become the new reality. The connection between the human figure, the bird and the horse is in essence schizophrenic, yet it constitutes the reality of the Dasein. I am speechless, and I’m looking forward to your reply. - Liu Shuishi

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