92nd St – Free Form 写意 (Upper West Side)

31 – Scattered bursts of foliage.

31 – Scattered bursts of foliage.

Emerging from Central Park and a stroll round the Reservoir, we arrive at the Upper West Side, where things are a little less buttoned-up and formal.  The foliage here, too, appears in slightly more whimsical and unexpected forms, framing buildings that no longer conform to any fixed notion of architectural style.

The overarching principle here is xie yi, (写意), again a style of Chinese Classical landscape painting, wherein the painter paints whatever comes to mind, in a spontaneous act of expression.

The word xie yi itself literally means “expressing the idea.” But while the seed of the idea within the painter’s head may be clear, the final form the idea takes on paper is unpredictable.

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32 – Creepers and Installation.

32 – Creepers and Installation.

33 – Monolith and Plane.

33 – Monolith and Plane.

34 – Central Baptist Church of New York, established 1842. The present building dates from 1916.

34 – Central Baptist Church of New York, established 1842. The present building dates from 1916.

35 – Mural, just off Broadway.

35 – Mural, just off Broadway.

36 – Potted plants.

36 – Potted plants.

37 – Twin lions.

37 – Twin lions.

38 – Dickensian manorhouse.

38 – Dickensian manorhouse.

39 – The Upper East Side on Riverside Drive.

39 – The Upper East Side on Riverside Drive.

40 – Shadow of a bench along Joan of Arc Park.

40 – Shadow of a bench along Joan of Arc Park.

D- Free Form

D- Free Form

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About Kennie Ting

I am a wandering cityophile and pattern-finder who is pathologically incapable of staying in one place for any long period of time. When I do, I see the place from different perspectives, obsessive-compulsively.
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