Red and Green Color Ware and Encountering with Woodfire Pieces
Kang Qing and Chen Guanghui Joint Exhibition
Red and green color ware is an ancient ceramic technique that led to the development of modern glazes- it used to be the only spot of color in the drab winters of northern China. Encountering pottery with woodfire is a ceramic technique that developed naturally during the rise of ceramic production, but it became unused after the industrial revolution. Shanghai University Fine Arts professors Kang Qing and Chen Guanghui developed a special project funded by the university to research and study these two ceramic production methods. This exhibition is not the final showcase of their findings, but it represents some of their discoveries along the way.
Kang Qing chose not to replicate red and green color ware, but rather she combined the brilliance of the colors with her artistic understanding of culture and modern taste into a new poetic medium. Chen Guanghui’s Encountering with Woodfire Pieces uses large amounts of ash, clay, and other materials such as baking soda and salt, to release the natural energy of the pottery from the “confinement” of industrial perfection. Chen Guanghui also included pieces from American ceramic artist Shawn and Chinese ceramic artist Kang Yang.
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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