The Transience of Value: one more run

Non-Transferable #3

“The Transience of Value” collection is showing at The Gallery at the Cultch (Vancouver East Cultural Centre), Vancouver.

“Works by Alex Forsyth, Shelley Rothenburger, and Lena Tan”
May 30 – June 24, 2017, opening May 31, 6-8 p.m.

The year at dusk


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Du Fu “Night in a Pavilion”

Translation and artwork: Lena Tan, 2003

Du Fu

(712-770, Tang Dynasty)

Du Fu came from a family of distinguished scholars and officials. In his youth, he showed a talent for poetry and calligraphy. All his life he longed to serve his emperor and country but failed to secure a stable role in officialdom, which consigned his family to a life of relative poverty. He observed the extravagance of the emperor’s court, the suffering of the people, and the ravages of war, and wrote about that in his poetry.

Du Fu is an acknowledged virtuoso in technique and language, master of the perfect couplet while innovative in style and content. Another Tang poet, Yuan Zhen, inscribed on Du Fu’s tomb: “Since there have been poets, there has never been Du Fu’s equal.”

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