Song continues his exploration of restrictive geometric forms in the pendant painting to Immortality. A suited man is suspended, upside down, within an oblique triangle. His body’s inversion produces a sharply angled shadow that evokes the form of a kite, the man’s floating tie alluding to the kite’s tail. The equilibrium resulting from forces that move over the kite’s surface, enabling it to flutter in the wind, is in this case produced by a body marked by disequilibrium. The man’s heavyset physique, compressed in an unstable position, offsets the freedom of a kite, instead suggesting precarity. Exploring contrasts between balance, liberty, and constraint, Song reflects on the boundaries and forces that limit individuals in society.
Oil on Canvas