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Pin Fu (牝浮, Floating Mother Ship)
  • Qiu Anxiong
    born 1972
    born: Chengdu, China
  • Pin Fu (牝浮, Floating Mother Ship), 2008
  • Xin Shanhai Jing 新山海经 (New Book of Mountains and Seas)
  • Where object was made: China
  • woodcut
  • Paper Type: rice paper
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 420 x 500 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 16 1/2 x 19 5/8 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 497 x 577 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 19 9/16 x 22 11/16 in
    Mat Dimensions: 32 x 24 in
  • Museum purchase: R. Charles and Mary Margaret Clevenger Art Acquisition Fund
  • Not on display
  • 2009.0111.11
Label Text

Exhibition Label:
"Temporal Turn: Art and Speculation in Contemporary Asia", 11-Nov-2016
This print portfolio suggests a traditional Chinese book, but depicts the fantastical creatures featured in chapter one of Qiu Anxiong’s video trilogy The New Book of Mountains and Seas. Each of the bizarre creatures is accompanied by an inscription using archaic terminology and composed in classical Chinese that simulates the Shanhai Jing, a second-century geographic text describing strange creatures in distant lands, upon which the name of the video trilogy is derived.
Floating Mother Ship (牝浮, Pin Fu)
In the Great Ocean [Pacific Ocean], there is an unanchored island that floats with the ocean waves. Its speed is quite fast. It has a flat top surface that stretches for several miles. There are giant birds that perch on it. On the island, there are thousands of people who live their life controlling these birds. The name of this island is Pin Fu [Floating Mother Ship].

Exhibition Label:
"Qiu Anxiong: New Book of Mountains and Seas," Feb-2010, Kris Ercums
In the ocean there is an island that drifts with the current at great speed. Its top is flat and
perched upon it are a number of giant birds and people who ride the birds. This island is called The Mother’s [hen] Float.