|Chinese to English: Taikang Space Art Retrospective Sample|
|Source text - Chinese|
|Translation - English|
Xu Bing, Quotations of Chairman Mao- Speech at the Yan’an Forum on Literature and Art
Xu Bing’s “New English Calligraphy” has attracted worldwide attention since the 1980s. He searches for a certain uniformity and confluence in form between the most fundamental cultural symbols from both the East and the West. In doing so he has created the work New English Calligraphy, a piece linking together the civilisations of the East and the West. The artist uses a traditional Chinese writing brush as a tool to Sinicise the letters of the English alphabet, retaining the block like structure and vertical format of classical Chinese characters, creating a script that is both familiar and unfamiliar at the same time. The script is read from left to right, top to bottom, outside in.
The written content of the piece Quotations of Chairman Mao- Speech at the Yan’an Forum of Art and Literature is taken from Mao Zedong’s 1942 “Speech at the Yan’an Forum on Literature and Art” in which the official line of “art being to serve the workers, peasants and military” appeared, influencing an entire generation of artists and artistic pursuit. Through the use of his postmodern “New English Calligraphy”, successfully dismantles this concept, however this dismantlement is not done in the name of nihilism, rather it is created to evoke a broader sympathetic response with the values of the modern age.