All is Void and there is no Buddha：An Unique "Zen" Style Viewing Stone and Wooden Pedestal
Artist：Chen Shihong (1*)
Feature：A unique viewing stone and wooden pedestal sculpture. Chinese Scholar's Rocks (2*) - Desert Varnish (3*), size 26x16x25cm. This artwork is good to described a famous event "All is Void and there is no Buddha (4*)".
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1* Chen Shihong, the curator of Shanghai Shi Shi Hong Culture and Art Museum, Vice President of Shanghai Viewing Stone Collector ’s Association, and inheritor of Shanghai Intangible Cultural Heritage Wooden Pedestal Skills of Viewing Stone. He was born in Panan, Zhejiang. He started learning woodcarving skills since the age of 16 from Zhou Shiyin. In the past 40 years, his artworks of wooden pedestal skills have won more than 90 national awards. His honors are masters of traditional Chinese craftsmanship, Chinese rosewood artist, chief artist of the Chinese viewing stone industry, and Master of Arts and Crafts, in Zhejiang Jinhua etc. His works combine the wooden pedestal and the viewing stone well, making them unique, with outstanding and excellent "Tao" style and "Haipai" creativity. He has held an exhibition of non-relic projects in Putuo District of Shanghai, the Shanghai Big World Intangible Cultural Heritage Stones Art Exhibition, and he also has participated the second Intangible Cultural Heritage Exhibition of “Tiangong Kaiwu”, an “Small Items, Big Pedestal - Wood and Stone”Intangible Cultural Heritage art exhibition in Liu Haisu Art Museum and other exhibitions. His masterpieces include “Asking a Boy under a Pine Tree”, “Falling from Heaven”, “Harmony”, “Wood and Stone Chuan Zun” and so on. His work“Harmony” was collected by Ronald Bew of Deputy Bureau of the United States small and Medium-Sized Enterprise Administration, and Ban Ki-moon of former UN Secretary General, former French Prime Minister of Jean-Pierre Raffarin, former German President of Christian Wilhelm Walter Wulff and other world leaders. His other work “Qi Shi Min” was collected by Mr. Li Zhaoxing of former Foreign Minister of the People’s Republic of China, and Gary Faye Locke of former Secretary of Commerce of the United States.
2* Chinese scholars' rocks, also known as scholar stones or viewing stones, are naturally occurring or shaped rocks which are traditionally appreciated by Chinese scholars. Scholars rocks can be any color, and contrasting colors are not uncommon. The size of the stone can also be quite varied: scholars rocks can weigh either hundreds of pounds or less than one pound. Chinese scholar's rocks influenced the development of Korean suseok and Japanese suiseki.
3* Desert varnish is the thin red-to-black coating found on exposed rock surfaces in arid regions. Varnish is composed of clay minerals, oxides and hydroxides of manganese and/or iron, as well as other particles such as sand grains and trace elements. The most distinctive elements are manganese (Mn) and iron (Fe). The sources for desert varnish components come from outside the rock, most likely from atmospheric dust and surface runoff. Streaks of black varnish often occur where water cascades over cliffs. No major varnish characteristics are caused by wind. The color of rock varnish depends on the relative amounts of manganese and iron in it: manganese-rich varnishes are black; iron-rich varnishes are red or orange; varnishes with similar amounts of manganese and iron are some shade of brown. Varnish surfaces tend to be shiny when the varnish is smooth and rich in manganese.
4* This described a famous event in which the Fifth Patriarch of Buddhism was seeking a sixth Patriarch. He wrote the first poem, and another monk wrote the second one. The first one is: “The body is the wisdom tree. Your heart is the stand of mirror bright. Frequently wipe it. Don't let it be dusty." This poem has a good meaning that "Buddha is you." You should always care about your mind, and keep pure. Clean from greed and hatred and delusion. The other one is "There is no wisdom tree; nor a stand of a mirror bright, Since all is void, where can the dust alight?" In as sense it says "There is no Buddha." At least there is no object within you, called your Buddha-mind, which is mirror-like, and which must be wiped clean.
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