Peng De:Unscramble Shi Hengbo’s New Work
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     Shi Hengbo created a group of chippy works by using moral means. These works similar to clues discovered by Sherlock Holmes on the site are apt to make people confused. Only when the painter uses “implicit manifestation” in Inner Canon of Yellow Emperor to weave the

     Shi Hengbo created a group of chippy works by using moral means. These works similar to clues discovered by Sherlock Holmes on the site are apt to make people confused. Only when the painter uses “implicit manifestation” in Inner Canon of Yellow Emperor to weave them can it be understood and comprehended. The character “藏” of “藏象” pronounces as “Zang” and it originally means the internal organs in ancient times. The character “藏” refers to internal organs of the body (heart, spleen, liver, lungs and kidneys), while the character “象” refers to physiological and pathological manifestation externally expressed. The externally expressed physiological and pathological manifestations are always results of malfunction of internal organs of the body. Once the internal organs have problem, there must be relative symptoms externally expressed. The relative symptoms is referred to as “藏象” or “implicit manifestation” in English. Doctor of traditional Chinese medicine judges patients’ disease by observing physiological and pathological manifestation and even forecasts one’s fate. For example, a flighty and impatient person will have red face and his or her gingival is prone to bleed and thus the lifespan will not be long; a person indulging in sex will suffer from deficiency of the kidney and his eye socket becomes black, tooth is prone to loose and bone to break in sport. Vice versa, doctor of traditional Chinese medicine judges the problem of one’s internal organs according to these manifestations.

  Using “藏象” or “visceral manifestation” as a key word, Shi Hengbo intends not to judge disease but to spread the principle of “visceral manifestation” to disclose abnormal state of society and people’s life in an artistic way. For example, he made a collapsed column in exhibition hall to directly disclose the internal problem of jerry-built project. Among concrete poured into the column, you can find many present sundries and even human bones, which directly cause the column to collapse. These disclosed problems are manifestations implying that relative construction or government sectors have corruption and bribery. Jerry-built projects generally are the manifestation of corruption and bribery, which are the manifestation of belief deficiency and social morality failure. In a word, the artistic conception expressed by Shi Hengbo’s “implicit manifestation” series works brings people the question and confusion rather than aesthetic feeling.

[Editor] 常霞

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