Artists: Du Qinfen, Jiang Xiongwei, Liang Ling, Sun Yizhou, Yue Lizhi, Zhang Yanfeng
Duration: December 14, 2019 — February 9th, 2020
Open Hours: 11:00 - 20:00
Venue: Kui Yuan Gallery, No.9, Xuguyuan Road, Yuexiu District, Guangzhou (广州市越秀区恤孤院路9号 逵园艺术馆)
Nearby metro station: Dongshankou, Line 1 or 6
The Echo of Clay
The creation of ceramics is a bit complicated, not only because it requires space, tools, and some equipment, but also since it needs to arrange work according to the weather. The active and passive factors are intertwined, and literally integrate into one's life. The creator must also gather his strengths and keep thinking to promote the continuous evolution of his ceramic creation history.
Ceramic art creation is a personal research project. Some people do “basic” researches, while some others do “extreme” ones. The creativity in it could be a lot or few, like scientific researches.
This study requires long-term training and sufficient experience. Starting from a piece of mud, to the still work that freezes, the process in between follows general steps with individualized arrangements. It is all about evoking the echo of the material so that it can exist by itself in another way in peace, bringing delight to the creator and pleasure to others. I think that the cultivation of a creative thinking of ceramic art is indispensable.
We must not forget to emphasize the importance of clay in ceramic art creation. From a ceramic work, we can almost identify as many visual elements as in painting works, and the structural issues involved in ceramic works often seem to be no different from common sense and are not worthy of further study. However, the creation of it requires knowledge about architectural mechanics, and the creation process often resembles constructing a building. It can be seen that although clay is common, it can reflect a broad intellectual and aesthetic spirit and can exist for a long time.
As creators, these six ceramic artists all have a proud education background. With different research directions, they gather in Kui Yuan Gallery, showing a good appearance.
The wintertime in Guangzhou is the proper time to read these warm works carefully and find the response of the clay to our eyes.
Work by Du Qinfen [Photo provided to Newsgd.com]
She graduated from the Ceramic Department of China Academy of Art in 2014 and received the Master’s Degree. She has been a teacher at Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts since 2014.
She has participated in the 13th National Art Exhibitiona (2019), The 20th Chinese Contemporary Arts and Crafts Masterworks & Excellent Crafts Exhibition (2019) and so on.
Her works have been collected by Museum of Contemporary Art Beijing, Beijing Guardian Art Center, Shandong Museum, China Academy of Art, Shaanxi Fuping Pottery Art Village Museum, Mediterranean University Museum, and Apan Aichi Ceramics Museum.
Works by Jiang Xiongwei [Photo provided to Newsgd.com]
He graduated from the ceramic art design major of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts in 2010 and received the Bachelor’s Degree. Founded personal studio in Jingdezhen in 2010. Now working and living in Guangzhou and Jingdezhen.
He has participated in Australia Ceramics Art Triennial (2016), Ceramic Art Exhibition of Guangzhou and Macao (2008), Guangdong Art Exhibition of Charity (2007).
Work by Liang Ling [Photo provided to Newsgd.com]
She graduated from the ceramic art design major of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts in 2016 and received the Bachelor’s Degree. Now taking the MA course of the ceramic art design at Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts.
Her works were selected into the 11th Guangdong Folk Arts and Crafts Exhibition (2019), the “Guangdong Shiwan Cup” (2018), and won the First Prize of Guangdong College of Ceramics Exhibition (2016), the First Prize of “New Tile Ridged Dolls” (2013).
Works by Sun Yizhou [Photo provided to Newsgd.com]
He graduated from the ceramic art design major of Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute in 2013 and received the Bachelor’s Degree. Graduated from Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts in 2019 and received the Master’s Degree. Now teaching at Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts.
He has participated in Creative Beauty—China Arts and Crafts Creative Works Competition (2019), The 10th China Modern Handicraft Institute Exhibition (2019), and so on.
His works have been collected by Henan Museum, Guangdong Shiwan Ceramics Museum, and China Ceramics Museum.
Work by Yue Lizhi [Photo provided to Newsgd.com]
He graduated from the modern craftwork major of Nanjing University of the Arts in 2014 and received the Bachelor’s Degree. He has been a teacher at Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts since 2015. Now taking the MA course of the ceramic art design at Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts.
He has participated in Experimental Field Advanced Classroom (2019) and won the Bronze Prize of the 1st Jiangsu Cultural Creative Design Competition (2014), the Second Prize of the 2nd Guangdong College of Ceramics Exhibition of Teachers Group (2016).
His works have been collected by China Ceramics Museum.
Work by Zhang Yanfeng [Photo provided to Newsgd.com]
He graduated from Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute in 2009 and received the Master’s Degree. Graduated from Academy of Design and Crafts of University of Gothenburg in 2012 and received the Master’s Degree. Now working and living in Stockholm and Jingdezhen.
He has participated in a number of exhibitions held in Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, Jingdezhen, Stockholm, Gothenburg and some other places in the world.