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Canine Monk
2005-2008
BY
PENG Hung-Chih
Canine Monk
2008
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Qingjing Jing
2008
Single-channel video
The heart Sutra
2005
Single-channel video
Excerpts From The Holy Bible
2006
Single-channel video
Excerpts From The Holy Bible in Arabic Translations
2006
Single-channel video
10 Commandments and Islamic Exegesis
2007
Double channels Video
Excerpts from the Thai Theravada Prayers
2007
Single-channel video
Excerpts from the Bhagavad Gita
2007
Single-channel video
Unity of All Religions
2007
Single-channel video
Excerpts from the Analects of Confucius
2008
Single-channel video
Dogs of Guru Granth Sahib
2008
Single-channel video
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”Canine Monk“ is a series of 10 videos. It usually has been showed individually, some of them as a group or a whole set constructing a huge Crucifix by 11 42" LCD monitors.

In the series of works entitled “Canine Monk”, Peng’s dog literally steps in his artist-owner’s place as creative subject. In the videos, the dog writes texts from central religious scriptures on the wall. The artist first painted the words in oil and then covered them with dog food. When the common video feature of rewind was used, the role of the dog changes from instinctive creature to creative agent, thereby thematizing another “rewind;” dog is god in reverse. At once innocent creature, inferior species as well as trusted companion, the dog holds an ambivalent position as mediator of often sacred texts. While the artist William Wegman often dresses up his dogs and positions them in anthropomorphic scenarios, Peng’s four-legged companion is elevated to performing subject, thereby displacing its human counterpart. The dog intervenes between reader and text, thus defamiliarizing what are often familiar passages. The piece therefore raises questions that are not normally pondered: who is the writing subject of these writings and to whom are they addressed? When articulated via the mouth of the dog, the words, strangely, seem all the more human.

This series is dedicated to my beloved dog "Yukie".

ARTISTS
30 artworks / 38 exhibition
Installation Art , Video Art , Painting
My artistic identity is no different than that of ordinary intellectuals in other disciplines, only it involves more artistic technique and aesthetic ability. I express common problems, just like a writer uses his pen to comment on current events, ...
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KEYWORDS
PENG Hung-Chih, , Video Art
PENG Hung-Chih, , Installation Art
PENG Hung-Chih, , Installation Art
PENG Hung-Chih, , Installation Art
PENG Hung-Chih, , Installation Art
PENG Hung-Chih, , Video Art
PENG Hung-Chih, , Photographic Art
PENG Hung-Chih, 2005-2008, Video Art
PENG Hung-Chih, , Installation Art
PENG Hung-Chih, 2005-2008, Video Art
PENG Hung-Chih, , Installation Art
PENG Hung-Chih, 2005-2008, Video Art
PENG Hung-Chih, 2005-2008, Video Art
PENG Hung-Chih, , Installation Art
PENG Hung-Chih, , Installation Art