Balancing Different Ways of Seeing and the Art of Le Guo
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Untitled (2012), Le Guo; 50.5 x 46 cm
Oil on canvas
Arena (2015), Le Guo; 130.5 x 90 cm
Mixed media on fabric
'... the fundamental difference between the Oriental and the Occidental way of experiencing the world ... is the problem from which all consideration of the art of the past must take its orientation if it is to pass beyond a narrowly European outlook.'
THE PRESENT VOLUME is the product of a collaboration between the writer Stephen Baycroft and the artist Le Guo in which the latter’s visual artworks are revalued in relation to the discussions conducted in Western and Asian cultures from ancient times to the present day about the different ways of seeing used to produce visual artworks. The interweaving of the poetic processes used to produce visual artworks and the universal processes of unconcealing and reconcealing of the truthful patterns of an unknown reality are explored by revaluing how an artist’s poetic processes produced a visual artwork whose surface patterns envisaged these processes and gave those experiencing it an insight of different types of truths. Such truths enabled a human being to experience a new beginning by interweaving the patterns produced by the cyclical processes of his/her own individual ways of being with those of the Universal Way of Being/being whose continuous unconcealing as new patterns of human and non-human being constituted the endless new beginnings of the universe.
Stephen Baycroft is a writer and curator living in London. His earlier books include Ken Currie: The Mask of Being (2001) and On Sublimity and Synaesthesia (2013).
Le Guo is an artist born in China who lives and works in London and China.
*Bullock M. (transl.) Worringer W. Abstraction and Empathy. A Contribution to the Psychology
of Style (1997, first published 1908). Elephant Paperbacks. Ivan R. Dee. Chicago, Appendix: Transcendence and Immanence in Art, p.135.