The Infusion of

Ink & Clay

Xiangdong Chen

June 16 -

September 21, 2019

Xiangdong Chen is widely recognized as one of the first contemporary artists to master the combination of ink and porcelain. Chen has painstakingly developed a process that begins with a careful selection of clay all the way through the firing process. His unique style elegantly cites iconography and techniques of traditional China, bringing deeply rooted symbols of Eastern cultures into a Western context.

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Press Release

Stride Arts is pleased to present The Infusion of Ink and Clay, a solo exhibition of the Chinese contemporary artist Xiangdong Chen. This marks the artist’s first solo exhibition in the United States. Comprised of nearly 100 works, The Infusion of Ink and Clay unites two key bodies of Chen’s work, his one of a kind ink on porcelain pieces and a series of ink paintings on paper. The exhibition will be on view from June 19 to September 27, 2019.

 

Xiangdong Chen is widely recognized as one of the first contemporary artists to master the combination of ink and porcelain. Chen has painstakingly developed a process that begins with a careful selection of clay and continues through the firing process to produce a body of work that simultaneously reveals a novel combination of media and references ancient techniques. He has mastered the delicate dance between these two unwieldy media and strikes a balance between the elements he can control and what he leaves to chance during the firing process. 

 

Chen’s series of ink paintings also depict symbols of traditional Chinese ink painting through more recent concepts. Ranging from small works on paper to large scale, multi-panel pieces, Chen paints lotus flowers and other natural elements, such as mountains or rocks, to express his internal meditations just as ancient Chinese artists would paint imagined scenes of nature to reflect convey emotion and poetic musings. When describing Free Will - At One’s Wish (2018), Chen notes: “This ink mountain is not a particular place or mountain, it is a mountain in my heart. The mountain has a special meaning to me. It represents masculine and feminine, power and beauty.” Chen employs dots throughout as symbols of Yin and Yang forces that pervade Eastern philosophies and can be likened to the pointillist technique employed 19th-century Impressionist painters. Chen expresses his unique style through both bodies of work, which elegantly cite the icons of traditional China, bringing deeply rooted symbols of Eastern cultures into a distinctly contemporary context.

 

Xiangdong Chen was born in Nantong, China in 1963, where he attended Nantong University - School of Fine Arts. After graduating from Nantong University in 1987, Chen moved on to continue his studies at the Print Program of Nanjing Academy, completing his program in 1991. From 1989 to today, Chen has continued to refine his practice, making him one of the most prominent international Chinese print artists of our century. He is currently based in New York, NY.

 

Chen is a member of the China Artists Association, the China Association of Print Artists, and the Society of American Graphic Artists (SAGA). His work can be found in numerous collections, including the National Art Museum of China, Jiangsu Museum of Art, Amerasia Bank, United Nations, Si Chuan Divine Printmaking Museum and Taiwan Tainan Museum, Yingge Ceramics Museum in Taiwan, National Taiwan Normal University, and the Nanjing Arts Institute. 

 

For further information about the exhibition and availability or for any press inquiries, please contact the gallery at info@stridearts.com.