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He Who Tries to Travel Two Roads

Son Man Jin, Korean, born 1964

Made in Korea, Asia


Ink on paper; mounted as eight hanging scrolls

Image: 6 feet 10 1/4 inches × 18 feet 3/4 inches (208.9 × 550.5 cm) Mount: 8 feet 9 inches × 18 feet 7 inches (266.7 × 566.4 cm)

Curatorial Department:
East Asian Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Purchased with funds contributed by Frank S. Bayley, 2001

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Son Man Jin has made calligraphy an integral part of his work since his debut exhibition in 1992. He often selects traditional Chinese or Korean poems and phrases (written in Chinese characters), transforming them through a lively visual presentation with humorous figures. The six-character calligraphy on this work reads (translated): "He who tries to travel two roads at once will arrive nowhere." This quotation comes from the Confucian classic Encouraging Learning by Xun Zi (lived c. 300-c. 230 B.C.)