Current Location:
L. William Seidman Center -> 3rd Floor (WSC)
Location Notes:
WSC; 3rd fl., Conference Rm. 3001

Nothingness

Artwork
Identifier:
1999.916.1
Artist:
Peimin Ni
Credit:
GVSU Collection
Medium:
Ink Brushed on Rice Paper
Date:
1998
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 25.25 in Width: 24.25 in
Description:
Black oriental calligraphic symbol on white.
Historical Context:
"To attain knowledge add something every day, to attain wisdom remove something every day." This ancient Chinese proverb illustrates the value that the Chinese culture places on nothingness. In Chinese art, the space in a picture is as important as the painted area; and in meditation and martial arts, an empty mind is viewed as the ultimate attainment. This is really just a logical application of the theory of yin and yang. The yin side (emptiness and nothingness) is just as important as the yang side (movement and action). Those following the Taoist path are advised to empty out their minds until nothing remains.

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