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All Buddhas Come Down To The Great One—Zeng Yang Solo Exhibition

On May 16, 2018, Space Station is gettingon the fourth exhibition of artist Zeng Yang, Amitayus World series, in whichit can be seen that the style of Dunhuang scripture informed all lines, smooth,natural and concentrated, without being pretentious. All Buddhas Come Down ToThe Great One series records his progress that had been carried out in thepractice and cognition of the Buddhism, which is no longer figurative picturesof religion, but addresses to the monist truth, transcending the dualist world.

 

As he put it, “The Buddha and the Great Onerepresent the two phases of belief respectively. The Buddha symbolizes the phaseof being religious; however, The Great One refers to the phase of the truth inbelief. The most important subjects, in the phase of religionization, includegood and evil, discipline and practice. Religionization, as the higher productof the dualist world, is a phase that would push up the duality. The supremerealm of Buddhism, however, is the Great One that is not necessarily theproduct of absolute practice. The further phase of belief is the phase oftruth, in which the duality is still there but no longer the sole source ofmeaning.” 

 

Zeng says, “Art is the product of dualism,and the destination of life form is towards monism. The duality of artdetermines that it is a loss to the life. In the future, there may be a kind ofart that tends to monism. It no longer seeks the form, technology, school,innovation and iteration of ideas and arouses the spiritual flow of the subconsciousand even no longer dominates the salvation of the soul. It will concentrateonly on the unity with the truth.”

 

In this exhibition, gold materials are matchedwell with the ancient religious themes. Zeng, however, hopes that people couldeventually surpass the duality of religion, returning to the monist truth ofthe other world. (By Bian Yuhan)


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