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Lizard-Dragon Myth: the Virtual and the Imagination of the Creative Color Ink Paintings of Lin, Wei-Cheng
Mix and Match
This essay attempts to discuss the point of view of the series of 《Lizard-Dragon Simulation》. Under the aspects of historical background, social phenomenon, symbols, methods of creation, analysis of picture plane, reasons analysis from the author, and the impact on the series of varied art schools , we can discovered that they are all connected to the art work itself. The series of 《Lizard-Dragon Simulation》reflect the phenomenon of nowadays that people rely heavily on technological products, and further explore the ambiguous borderline between virtual and reality. With the flourish of science and technological development, as well as the widespread of the Internet, the prevailing images and information is rapid. As a result, people are able to stay at home and get all the information they want. Emails and FaceBook have become major social communication tools. In other words, people interact with each other by the above methods. Because of the common use of the Internet, people’s lifestyle differs from the past. There will be no restrictions because of races and places. In the virtual world, people have more freedom and chances to gain self-satisfaction. There are many possibilities, like elements are being mixed and matched, graft, and lose its original meanings. Therefore, simulation fulfilled people’s lives. Dragon (long), has undergone from the ancient Chinese tribal totem to imperial period until now, has been regarded as the cultural representative of the Chinese people. However, it is strange that we couldn’t find any evidence to proof the existence of dragon in nature. Therefore, the concept of dragon is considered to be a hybrid cultural mix. Virtual creature such as dragon has long live in people’s rich imagination and become real in people’s mind. There are plenty records on chronicles showing how dragon is deep-rooted in Chinese people’s heart. Guided by the historical information about dragon, the concept of “Lizard-Dragon” interprets in artistic creation. Back to the creation itself, author depicts the way on how to process virtual imaginary thinking by combining dragon and newly technological products. By mix and match, and also some contemporary techniques, such as ink painting, it shows artistic performance. Additionally, the author analyzes the paintings individually.
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