Limited Views is a writing by artist Han Mengyun 韩梦云.
Deriving its title from the Chinese literary scholar Zhongshu Qian’s critical magnum opus Guanzhuibian 管锥编, Limited Views assumes the form of the awl to fathom the vastness of the world of knowledge and the depth of personal feelings, endorsing the value of fragmentary and individual utterances against intellectual systemization:
“A few short phrases jotted down carelessly often convey a refined and original insight that truly enhances understanding. The act of culling out and developing such passages may be a real contribution to theories of the arts.” (Qian, On Reading Laocoon, 1962)
In the wake of Qian’s faith, Limited Views is where Han Mengyun observes the ocean through her well of thoughts.
Yuji & Han Mengyun, Soft Water Hard Stone, New Museum Triennial, 2021