Inspired by one of the Four Great novels in Chinese classical literature, Water Margin, Tsai’s Water Margin on the Fifth Avenue teleports the outlaws from ancient Mount Liang to the streets of New York City. Water margin, set in the Song Dynasty, tells the tale of 108 outlaws gathering in Mount Liang.
Tsai’s Water Margin on the Fifth Avenue illustrates a visual narrative of a battle fought between Western Super Heroes and Eastern outlaws. Contrary to Tsai’s depiction of the bandits, the brothers in Water margin ends in tragedy with the dissolution of the bandits. The drastic turn on the tale in the painting is reflected through the brother’s victory against Western superheroes.
The Eastern iconography in Water Margin on the Fifth Avenue not only occupied the streets of New York City but also the billboards on the streets. The Iconic fifth avenue is over taken by a wave of eastern spirit.
Occupying the street of New York City, Water Margin on the Fifth Avenue trespass paradigm, travels through time, echoes between dream and reality.