“©2017 Lu Kesi. All rights reserved. No part of this artwork may be reproduced, transmitted, transcribed, stored in a retrieval system, or translated into any language or computer language, in any form or by any means electrical, mechanical, magnetic, optical, manual, or otherwise, without prior written permission from the artist. Any unauthorized copying or use constitutes a violation of the copyright laws of the United States, including Title 17, U.S. Code § 101 et. seq. The United States code provides several remedies in the event of such infringement including damages and attorney fees. View responsibly.”
From a distance this block of text just looks like a grey shape and doesn’t detract from enjoying the landscape. Only by getting closer and reading the “fine print” do you realize the writing is meant as subversive and a criticism of current trends. The world is sadly in need of more humor, satire, and parody.
Anyone familiar with Chinese art will know a copyright statement on a traditional style painting is out of place as every Chinese artist learned by copying from earlier masters. Copying is not frowned upon and this painting too is based on an older work. But, since most early Chinese paintings have poetry or some writing on them, and lacking anything better, this text was an appropriate length for the available space.