12Real Magic Books – Taoist Magic Figure 7本真实存在的魔法书 - 道家符咒, 2016
carbon fiber 碳纤维
170 x 35 x 5 cm
Feng Chen’s current series, 7 Real Magic Books, 2016, employs contemporary technology in the characteristically light, but tensile carbon fiber. The properties of carbon fibers, such as high stiffness, high tensile strength, low weight, make them very popular in aerospace, civil engineering, military, and motorsports. Nevertheless, it is a material that still requires craftmanship and the process of turning it into an extremely rigid form can only be hand-made. In the series, Feng uses carbon fiber combined with plastic resin to turn the malleable fiber onto a sculptural expression of images taken from ancient texts. Feng introduces here a discussion about an ancient type of technology and magic. Chinese alchemy, Chinese astrology, Chan (Zen) Buddhism, several martial arts, traditional Chinese medicine, feng shui, and many styles of qigong have been intertwined with Taoism throughout history. ‘Taoist Magic Figure’ refers to Taoist writings of good auspicious: almost indecipherable to the viewers, these writings lay suspended between science and superstition.