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Interdisciplinary Creative Works on Asia’s Cultural Creativity Exhibition

Ingenuity follows Nature

Curator:Freeman Lau, Chen Jun-liang
Executing organizer:Asian Culture and Arts Development Association

The notion that art is an imitation of Nature can be found in both East and West. “Following nature” is not only the imitation of external form; it is also the lively act of creation. Thus there is the saying that “Ingenuity creates Nature.” This exhibition combines these two sayings as “Ingenuity follows Nature.”

From the Curator

The notion that art is an imitation of Nature can be found in both East and West. In China, the most succinct formulation of this view is found Laozi: “Man follows Earth; Earth follows Heaven; Heaven follows the Way; and the Way follows Nature.

In other words, the life of “man” is regulated by “Earth”; the way things are on Earth is ordered by “Heaven”; the movements of Heaven are under the control of the Way; and the transformative and nurturing effects of the Way are governed by Nature. Thus Nature is present externally, in all living creatures between Heaven and Earth. It can be found internally, in the human spirit. It also inheres in the eternal Laws of Nature that permeate both the internal and external worlds. These three aspects of Nature manifest themselves not only in the pursuit of beauty in art, but also in our pursuit of goodness in our personal life, in our communal life, and in our cultural creativity.

The twenty-four characters that Ms. Tong Yang-Tze has written for this exhibition capture and manifest, by either a single word or phrase, the essence and notion of “imitating Nature” in its three aspects: internally, externally and its laws.

“Following nature” is not only the imitation of external form; it is also the lively act of creation. Thus there is the saying that “Ingenuity creates Nature.” This exhibition combines these two sayings as “Ingenuity follows Nature.”
May we all exercise our creative capacity with deep love, and let us join our efforts in the renewal and promotion of civilization, at this moment when it is in such a crisis.