礼物 The Gift 2013-2014
As a gift, he gave it. Yet that which he gave has no ‘substance’ to speak of. When he gave it (when he loosened his hand), the so-called ‘substance’ of the gift slipped by and dissipated.
‘Substance’ is easily appraised, becoming an object and a product.
As it was given, it also began ‘to be unable to be given.’ This sort of giving is also not giving, as it is also not ‘not giving.’
The gift does not have a specific recipient. Because it cannot be given to any recipient, there is no one who is giving.
It excludes the possibility of reciprocity.
Reciprocity is a form of exchange.
As such, it is a true gift.
At the same time, the gift is no longer that handful of sand, that wisp of smoke; rather, it joins together with them to form a whole of sky and earth.
As a gift, it is formless, measureless, boundless.
Jiang Zhi 2014