Different people view and interpret sculpture differently. To me, I find the hidden veins of thought that lie behind sculpture intriguing and that their merit unraveling.
My sculptures do not originate from simulating existing forms. They are conceived as abstract expressions of forms. Nonetheless, this abstraction is far from arbitrary. Rather, it is a series of thoughts, derived after careful retrospection, and made concrete.
Therefore in order to provide a departing point from where a person can begin to understand and critique my work, it would be necessary to explain the underlying elements that influence my work. I am talking about the Formal Language of the Metaphysical, an area of inquiry that has directed the path of my thoughts over the past twenty years.
My sculptures are my attempts to concretize this Formal Language of the Metaphysical. I use simple forms to underscore the primitive association between form and meaning. With my sculptures, I hope to touch that first instance when concept and form meet, in order to take people back to the origin when man became conscious of his own existence.
THE FORMAL LANGUAGE OF THE METAPHYSICAL by Sun Yu-li
'So-called space is actually something which can be held by man. It is something that is created by man. However, how can man show the presence of space? It can only be done when he introduces Metaphysical Moulds into his world. Metaphysical Moulds link the mind and the form. The application is the birth of language. Shi Zuo-Cheng
It is a non-space. It has no elements. Nothing can be registered.
It is a linear space. its element is a dot. A position can be registered.
it is a planar space. Its elements are a dot and a line. A length can be registered
it is a volumed space. its elements are a dot, a line and a plane. An area can be registered.
Topological Space -- a conceptual space (C-Space)
Geometrical Space --a structural space (S-Space)
The constructing and transforming of the Basic Elements and the Derivative Elements form:
Conceptual Graph (C-Graph) in C-Space Structural Graph (S-Graph) in S-Space
In every CP, there should exist one and only one SD which cuts across CL(Fig. 4, step 1), stops at another position, and establishes another SD(Fig.4. step 2).
There is a type of Graph called " Planar Graph and its Dual ". Any given pair of corresponding Planar Graph and its Dual Graph should respectively satisfy the Rule : D + P-2 = L. This type of Graph with its Rule was found by 18th Century mathematician Leonnard Euler. The C-graph is in fact Euler's planar Graph and the S-graph Euler's Dual Graph. So the CS-graph is Euler's Planar Graph with its Dual.
There are tens of other type of Graphs, each with dots, lines and planes as elements and all have their own expanding rules in Graph Theory. However, Planar Graph and its Dual is the only type of Graph that no mathematician has ever been able to find the formula which can calculate the possible number of Planar Graph and its Dual in existence, given a fixed number of dots, lines and planes. May this formula never be known to man? The reason behind it is intriguing.
The framework below shows how C-graphs and S-graphs are derived, and combined as a CS- graphs, by applying the Rules that have been established.
*representing a stabilized Graph
a stabilized C-graph should satisfy the Rule: CD+CP-2=CL
a stabilized S-graph should satisfy the Rule: SD+SP-2=SL
a stabilized CS-graph is obtained only when both C-graph and S-graph are stabilized.
According to Graph Theory, a CD or SD, outside of a stabilized graph, is at infinity(oo).
The combined stabilized CS-graphs are the basic Metaphysical Moulds.
The Metaphysical Moulds are infinite in number and are the concrete forms of the Formal Language of the Metaphysical.
The CLs or SLs, outside of the Metaphysical Moulds (Stabilized CS-graph), are linked to one (and only one) CD or SD at infinity(oo).
Reference : "Topological Organization of Architectural Spaces" by Jean Cousin
I-CHING AND THE FORMAL LANGUAGE OF THE METAPHYSICAL
by Sun Yu-Ii
The I-Ching is considered the oldest scripture in Chinese culture and respected as the progenitor of all writings. But the birth of I-Ching is from the Eight Trigrams which comes from He-Tu and Luo-Shu.
According to an ancient legend, a dragon-horse surfaced from the Yellow River carrying the He- Tu on its back. And from the River Luo, A sacred turtle surfaced with the Luo-Shu. The He-Tu and Luo-Shu were graphs symbolizing nature's phenomena and containing the metaphysical rules and principles of the universe in motion.
The wise man Fu Xi drew the Eight Trigrams based on the He-Tu. Da Yu wrote the rules of dividing land based on the Luo-Shu. Wen Wang wrote the I-Ching from the Eight Trigrams. These recordings established the foundation and framework of Chinese civilization.
He-Tu and Luo-Shu were subsequently lost. later man, basing on the bits of fragmented information and using their reasoning, managed to re-create some of the graphs. However, the important metaphysical rules and principles contained in the graphs of He-Tu and Luo-Shu were never found.
WHAT WERE THESE RULES AND PRINCIPLES?
This is before matter existed. The primeval state of the universe. There is no concept to describe it. It is beyond description.
Although Tai-ji or Existence is conceived from Wu-ji or Null, Tai-ji is originally Wu- ji. Somehow the null state of the universe started to turn and spin like a vortex. It gained velocity and concentrated on a point. That is the point of Tai-ji which contains the essence from which all things are derived
The spinning of the null state of the universe is in fact caused by the two opposing spirits of Yin-qi and Yang-qi. Therefore the point created, Tai-ji, actually comprises the concentrated spirit of the Yin-qi and Yang-qi which are infinitely close but never touching(Fig. 1). This pair of spirits symbolizes and forms the basis of the universe.
The shift from Tai-ji to Liang-yi is a shift from the static to the dynamic. And therein lies the metaphysical rules and the principles of an universe in motion.
What are these rules and Principles ' which the wise man Fu Xi had inferred and applied them to obtain the Liang-yi and Four Graphs from which came the Eight Trigrams?
The Eight Trigrams are eight sets of permutations of solid and broken strokes in three positions.
Fu Xi who first drew them and assigned to them their very first meanings, had followed the rules and principles found in He-Tu and Luo-Shu. Wen Wang who later wrote the I-Ching and derived the 64 Hexagrams from the Eight Trigrams had followed the very same rules and principles.
On one hand, the derivation of I-Ching is from Tai-ji(l), Liang-yi(2), Four Graphs(4), Eight Trigrams(8)........ On the other hand, after basic elements of CD and SD acts and reacts, the number of stabilized CS-graphs in stages is 1,2,4,8........ What is the interesting correlation between the two?
When Rules of Construction and Transformation applied, Basic elements CD acts and SD reacts.
When CD acts and SD reacts, by applying the Rules established, there will be only two possible derivations to achieve the stabilized Graphs at this initial stage.
There will be only four possible derivations at the second stage.
Further derivations prove that the Bar-grams of I-Ching and the Graphs of the basic Metaphysical Moulds correspond exactly (even beyond Eight Trigrams, 16, 32, 64 ....) .
Further derivations prove that the Bar-grams of I-Ching and the Graphs of the basic Metaphysical Moulds correspond exactly (even beyond Eight Trigrams, 16, 32, 64 ......
Bar-grams of I-Ching is the sequentiality of Binary Signals in Time. Metaphysical Moulds of the Formal Language is the planes in Space. Time (Bar-grams) can be concretized in Space (Metaphysical Moulds). Space (Metaphysical Moulds) can be dissolved sequentially in Time (Bargrams).
Space and Time is one
The publishing of "The Formal Language of the Metaphysical" and. "I-Ching and the Formal Language of the Metaphysical" represents the completion of a stage of my efforts, since 1976, to search for an answer to this question.
In all these years, in order to find the answer, I read extensively into relevant areas of topology, geometry, physics, philosophy, archaeology, linguistics, architecture, space theories and I-Ching. Much effort and soul-searching was put into conceptualizing and re-designing of symbols; finding meanings behind wordings and structuring of forms. This publication is the result of my research efforts.
The next step after the establishment of "The Formal Language of the Metaphysical" is to research into Language itself. In fact:
"Dot" represents the Subject of Language
"Line" represents the Verb of Language
"Plane" represents the Object of Language
After an understanding in this aspect, the "Form" and "Content" of a language can be formally (graphically) recorded, orderly and separately, into a form of "Form" and a form of "Content". It will surely be a solid first step if this method can be processed by computer and applied to the design and development of the most efficient artificial intelligence, simultaneous translations and super computers.
The embarrassing situation in intellectual fields today, when faced with a "core" problem, that only "Approximation" and "Simulation" are dared to be attempted, "Preciseness" and "Perfection" is beyond reach, can be resolved.
Even more so, this article may subtly hold the key to solve the ultimate quest of the twentieth century man:
Finding the Grand Unification Theory to merge the General Theory of Relativity and the Theory of Quantum Mechanics.
I firmly believe so.
Listed below are the most important books and articles which contributed to my research: