Last night, I attended the talk, "Tracing Chinese Ink" by Gertrude Tan, organised by Corcovado Arts. This was in conjunction with the exhibition "Oneness" by Minjung Kim presented by Hermes.
Kim has an impressive biography. From the age of six, she studied under various teachers, including the famous watercolorist, Yeongyun Kang. She even moved to Italy to study and analyze the works of Western artists who studied Oriental painting, including Paul Klee and Franz Kline.
The exhibition catalog states that Kim's "hypnotic works are a reflection of self in a zen state of complete physical and spiritual unity". Although I liked Kim's art and found it aesthetically pleasing, I was quite underwhelmed by it. Even her older work, while colorful and pretty, didn't resonate with me.
The talk, thankfully, was energetic, humorous and illuminating. Gertrude succinctly explained not only the main techniques in Chinese painting, but also Chinese art history spanning from before the Song Dynasty to present time.
She mentioned some very important points about patronage and commercial motivations, that had me reflecting about what makes some art, Art. True "oneness" certainly isn't only physical and spiritual.