LIAN XIAOOU: A HORIZON NO ONE KNOWS ABOUT
Art in its essence is about time – an attempt to hold back time, to make it stay. And this very endeavour is manifested in Lian Xiaoou’s work, a kind of mystical force.
The rocks are enormous; the sand, granular; yet both are suspended in deep silence on the picture plane. The large format photography involved gifts a truthful sense of being ‘there’, inviting eyes that see the work to explore the mysteries inherent, mysteries of the heart.
In the changing aspects of nature, the horizon is constant. Unchanging, ubiquitous. It contains the power of a tidal force, pulling at our imagination, keeping the fates of the many afloat. On its shore, rock formations lock onto time, demonstrating the stubbornness and resilience of nature’s memory.
Each of us has an individual memory of the sea: those unknown and unknowable moments, when currents surge, churning with both sorrow and joy.
Text: Tan Ping