Artist: Taca Sui
Title: Odes of Wang III – Rush Mats in the Mountain Retreat
Size: 20 x 20 cm
Edition of 6
Material: Platinum print
Taca Sui was born in Qingdao in 1984. He graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in 2003, and later attended the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York, graduating in 2007. He was a member of the ASL - the Art Students League of New York in 2008. His work was included in 'DUCHAMP and/or/in CHINA' at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2013), 'The First "CAFAM Future" Exhibition Sub-Phenomena: Report on the State of Chinese Young Art' (2012) at the Central Academy of Fine Art, curated by Xu Bing, and 'Is the world real? The Sixth Lianzhou Photography Exhibition' curated by Fei Dawei (2010).
These photo works are from the 'Odes' series of solo shows presented by Chambers Fine Art, in Beijing and New York (2013). The pieces are a photographic interpretation of The Book of Odes (Shi Jing), China’s oldest anthology of lyric poetry. Gathered in nine sequences of photographs corresponding to different Odes, the photographs retain both a poetic sensibility and formal austerity. Charlie Schultz of the Brooklyn Rail wrote, "He isn’t seeking to illustrate these old texts so much as to find their equivalents in a contemporary landscape, to locate the reemergence of an origin he’s traced back seven to ten centuries. Imagining this journey is what makes Sui’s pictures captivating".
Taca Sui is represented by Chambers Fine Art in Beijing and New York, and currently lives between both cities.