​The Infusion of Ink & Clay

坐西向東 陳向東紐約當代瓷畫藝術展

Jun 19 - Aug.16, 2019

1110 2 Ave F2, New York, NY 10022

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.

Works

Vistors

© Stride Arts. Image courtesy of the artist.

Installation 

© 2020 Stride Arts. Xiangdong Chen introducing his artworks during opening night of his solo show "The Infusion of ink & clay " at Stride Arts.

Press  

 
7.19 | Art Market Magazine

Contemporary artist 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, where he graduated in 1991. From 1989 to today, Chen...

6.24.19 | Social Life Magazine

Stride Arts held its opening reception for Xiangdong Chen’s exhibition on  Wednesday, June 19thfrom 6 PM to 8 PM. The award-winning artist presented pieces from his most recent creative period as well as historic pieces that have brought him such acclaim. More than 80 people attended visited the gallery, including host...

6.19.19 | CN Arts

「坐西向东」The Infusion of Ink and Clay瓷画艺术展 将展现美籍华裔艺术家陈向东先生创作的30多幅水墨精品和60多件瓷器精品,包括荷莲系列、太湖石系列、大山水系列以及特别创意系列。展览以当代水墨画与当代瓷器的完美融合为主题,借陈先生之笔号「坐西向东」冠名,意在突破西方人对中国传统水墨画和传统瓷...

6.18.19 | Art Rabbit

Stride Arts is pleased to present ‘The Infusion of Ink and Clay,’ a solo show from the award-winning Chinese artist, Xiangdong Chen. Chen is one of the most famous contemporary artists in China, and this show will present pieces from his most recent period of production as well as historic pieces that have brought him...

6.18.19 | Social Life Magazine

Born in Nantong, China, in 1963, contemporary artist Xiangdong Chen is most widely recognized as the first artist to successfully infuse porcelain with painting. He has created visually remarkable works that demonstrate his unparalleled proficiency of painting, glazing, kiln firing, and porcelain, and his distinctive...

6.17.19 | NY Undressed

Stride Arts is pleased to present ‘The Infusion of Ink and Clay,’ a solo show from the award-winning Chinese artist, Xiangdong Chen. Chen is one of the most famous contemporary artists in China, and this show will present pieces from his most recent period of production as well as historic pieces that have brought him...

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