Glass Art of Shelly Xue
Nov 23rd - Dec 17th
After presenting Shelly Xue’s work at the Shanghai Glass Museum, “Fusion” is another new exhibition at twocities Gallery with her latest glass art work. There are ”Ink, Snow, Vessel, Landscape, Gather” - 5 series of art pieces in this exhibition. The “Ink”, “Snow” and “Vessel” series are more focused on developing her personal art language. On the basis of understanding the use of Chinese traditional ink painting, she tried to use glass as a medium to interpret ancient concepts of the “object” in Chinese art and design. The series that calls for the most attention is the “Gather” series which originated from the “Angel is Waiting” series. She developed this series to diversify the scope of glass application, to revolutionize the glass technique, and to realize the possibility of collaborations between different art disciplines.
Rooted in Chinese traditional culture, she is influenced by the western and far eastern aesthetic complexes to ambitiously extend glass art into the scale of architecture. The glass art of Dr. Xue has been collected by international collectors and art institutions and has received awards internationally. She is ready to contribute a new direction that explores the application of glass material for the Chinese glass art studio movement and architectural design.
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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Within every city, two cities simultaneously emerge. The first represents all that is good and right and desirable; the second city everything that we long to see changed.
The twocities art gallery seeks to help build the first city, through art and events that champion beauty, commitment, thoughtfulness and community. As one of the few galleries in China specializing in contemporary handcrafted art, twocities represents Chinese artists pioneering in modern glass, ceramics, jewelry and lacquer. We are dedicated to providing a platform for contemporary craft artists to engage in international dialogue.
Other events include lectures, film showings and concerts showcasing musicians from a variety of musical genres. In keeping with twocities gallery’s desire to build “the good city ” we work to promote events which highlight beauty, thoughtfulness and innovation in artistic expression and in the city we inhabit.