FUSION TO INTEGRATION
Xiao Tai 2017 Glass Exhibition
Xiao Tai first glimpsed the creative possibilities of fused and integrated glass many years ago, and ever since then he has been exploring different degrees of fusion and integration in order to express new artistic ideas. Fused glass technique explores the interplay between light and shadow, creating an image of flowing glass. As a result, there are no definite borders visible, which softens the edges of the art work.
The process of creating fusion and integration glass art requires meticulous logic and systematic groupings. Sometimes, a perfect exterior masks the intricate and systematic techniques employed in an object’s construction, and also conceals the complete system of thought behind its conception. Light bestows fused glass objects with a certain form so that even though they may be hanging or sitting, the objects seem to float independently of their supportive settings. The tension inherent in the process of fusion and integration seems to radiate from the art piece itself. The object seems to morph unconsciously between concept and reality, transparency and solidity. As your perception of the art piece shifts and changes, you can detect the faintest outline of the internal framework of the sculpture, which fuses the concepts of internal and external, front and back.
This exhibition displays Xiao Tai’s newest series: the Coral Reef Sea Series and the Image Flowers Series, in which he uses different degrees of glass fusion and integration to express life itself. At times, fusion appears on the surface of the glass, and sometimes it appears internally in its absorbed reflections. Sometimes the luster of the glass doesn’t seem to have any apparent depth, but upon a slight change of perspective, a slanted beam of light will permeate the art piece and illuminate a hidden space within the sculpture. The tension within these art pieces transcend the laws of physics and unlocks memories within us. From a solid state to a half-liquid state of fusion and integration, these art pieces display a nebulous world of partial existence, enabling us to pass between imperceptions to perception. These works of art cause us to slow our steps and open our spirits in order to experience their passion and stillness.
Red Walls & White Snow
on the lacquer painting of Bai Xiao Hua—The Forbidden City and Snow series
At the 10th National Juried Art Exhibition awards ceremony in October 2004, I saw a lacquer piece of the Forbidden City. The painting was a section of the Wu Men gate tower. The depth of the building was flattened and the two-dimensional, geometric divisions of horizontal and vertical lines, emphasized. Even though the painting didn’t depict the grandeur of the palace, the solemnity of the Imperial Garden was nonetheless impressive. The red walls and white snow made everything look to be in perfect harmony, which greatly enhanced the beauty of the snow scene. That piece was the winner of the Silver Prize and was painted by a young lacquer artist named Bai Xiao Hua. It was called, “Wu Men Snow”.
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Within every city, two cities simultaneously emerge. The first represents all that is good and right and desirable; the second city everything that we long to see changed.
The twocities art gallery seeks to help build the first city, through art and events that champion beauty, commitment, thoughtfulness and community. As one of the few galleries in China specializing in contemporary handcrafted art, twocities represents Chinese artists pioneering in modern glass, ceramics, jewelry and lacquer. We are dedicated to providing a platform for contemporary craft artists to engage in international dialogue.
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