Nature as Nature
ChengXiang Solo Exhibition
The title of the exhibition is “Nature as Nature”. The first idea comes from my experience. My major was glass art when I studied my MA degree in Shanghai University. I worked in Jewelry workshop of Shanghai University as a tutor since I graduated from my MA. I changed my job to Nanjing University of the Arts in 2011. Therefore my works are much more about the combination of jewelry and glass arts. Including the investigation and innovation of 3D printing and new material fields. This is the crossover combination，but also it’s a naturally transformation. The second idea comes form the real nature. Whether the landscape I have made in glass, or the plants I have made in jewelry. Its occurred by the feeling of what nature brought to mine.
The refraction of the glass makes the work no longer as a lonely and static item. It is thus becomes an illusion of the light. It’s also a refraction of people’s body language and life texture of circumstances of life in nowadays; and it’s the new path of the exploring the inner life consciousness of human beings.
In my recently works, the 3D printing technology becomes my new direction. The geometrical forms, which build up shapes Parametric Design; the transformation in all directions of 3D space; its create a totally new and complex forms. The 3D Printing technology makes the sharing of database from Internet becomes doable. In addition, the using of new materials for some how becomes the carrier of humanistic care of modern people.
Sometimes, when I got in touch with different kinds of materials. I made more concerns of whether they could exchange and replenish each other in the visual language or the expression of craft. I expected they could co-exist, and also presented the natural expresses.
I am appreciate to hear the responses from all of you.
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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