Posted on April 19, 2017 by School of Art
CSULB Painting Professor Yu Ji is participating in an exhibition entitled Words in Characters; Books as Vehicle at the Oklahoma State University Museum of Art. “Into the Dust” is the artwork in the exhibition and is meant to be an effort to prevent our memory from fading into oblivion. With words written in Chinese Han characters, the book records the Chinese Cultural Revolution (1966-1976) that took place 50 years ago. Its scripts, read vertically from right to left, lay a chronology of a human banality capable of tyranny and inflicting pain to others. As a survivor of this Revolution, Yu Ji attempts to use this work to keep our memories alive, as Mr. Santayana said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” The exhibition will also travel to the East Asia Library of Stanford University later this year.