Name & Concept of Artwork 作品名稱與設計理念
Concept of artwork 設計理念:
“Things are based on emptiness.” Tao Te Ching, Lao-Tzu My artistic aim is to find the new values of things around us. Impressed by the sentence, I explore emptiness in things, which is a way to see things from a new angle. What I do is reveal emptiness by dividing vessel forms into two forms. Through a small space, my work crosses the boundaries between everyday objects and art objects. Small space changes fixed perception in familiar things.
From Emptiness_ 10 pieces 10x10x24 cm,14x14x22 cm,14x4x16 cm,9x5x12 cm,9x9x30 cm,34x34x32 cm,30x30x35 cm,25x25x26 cm,6x6x24 cm,9x9x22 cm I explore emptiness in things to look for the new values of things around us. For me, vessel forms, recognized from everyday objects to art objects, are the powerful artistic medium that reveals emptiness. I divide vessel forms into two forms. Through the small space newly formed between two objects, my work crosses the boundaries between everyday objects and art objects. My artistic exploration is with the understanding of a material and technique. At extremely high temperatures at which most materials hardly survive, clay becomes firmer and more durable. White porcelain, the most demanding clay, endures the highest temperature. Whiteness, gained through the tough process, emphasizes the space between two objects, implying the value of things. Also, I create my work with coiling, a traditional and labor-intensive process. I, while stacking coils, feel the value of things and give my pieces new values. A trace of my time and effort reveals through the handprints on surfaces and the making process.
向勇 Yong Xiang
Professor of School of Arts, Peking University
Vice Dean of Institute for Cultural Industries, Peking University
Director of the Ceramic Research Center in Hongik University