Frieze: Wu Chi-Tsung Reinvents Tradition

Produced by Frieze Studios in collaboration with Sean Kelly New York
Frieze Studio製作、尚凱利畫廊協製影片

‘I started to do Cyanotypes simply because I am not satisfied with photography nowadays’ explains artist Wu Chi-Tsung in this video, filmed in his studio in Taipei, Taiwan. A technique drawn from the early era of photography, Wu executes his Cyanotypes by applying chemicals to Xuan paper, which is crumpled by hand and exposed to sunlight on the roof of his studio; the artist then arranges the glacial forms that emerge onto aluminium mounts. The resultant ‘Cyano-Collages’ recalling the landscapes of the traditional shan shuior ‘mountain water’ tradition. 

‘It’s really similar to how ink painters do Chinese landscapes,’ says Chi-Tsung, ‘they are building up, creating the worlds they want to project themselves inside.’ Trained in the traditional idioms of calligraphy and brush and ink Chi-Tsung’s commitment to innovative use of new and historic media and technology has seen him engage photography, projection, installation and moving image in works such as Dust (2006) and Wire VI (2021). Despite this diversity, his practice is united by an abiding, almost spiritual concern with process, perception and vision. ‘I’m helping material to find its own being ’ Chi-Tsung explains, ‘at the same time I open up myself’.

‘Wu Chi-Tsung: jing atmospheres’ is on view at Sean Kelly, New York from 5 November to 18 December 2021.

Cyano-Collage Series
Cyano-Collage Series at Frieze London 《氰山集》系列於倫敦弗里茲藝術博覽會
Photography: Sebastiano Pellion di Persano Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York