twocities is one of the few galleries in China that specializes in contemporary three-dimensional art. Our gallery represents Chinese artists pioneering in glass, metal, ceramic, and wood and lacquer. The glass artists we work with are considered the first generation of contemporary glass artists in China. Most of these artists come from academic backgrounds, studying and teaching fine arts at schools such as Shanghai University, Nanjing Art Institute, and the Jingdezhen Ceramics Institute.
Artists represented include glass artist Zhuang Xiao Wei, ceramics artist Chen Guang Hui, and jewelry artist Guo Xin.
Awkward Position 2017 Cao Bi Fei Exhibition
My project explores how the negotiation of different cultures can be reinterpreted in visual form through jewellery-based object making. Through practice-led research, I have drawn from my childhood memories of traditional Chinese visual culture. I have combined them with images and material relating to locations and cultures I have experienced. This has enabled me to explore personal identity through the shifting life experiences I have had in various multi-cultural environments. My aim has been to construct an experimental system of making that would allow me to express cultural identity through a negotiation of my original culture with other cultures. The result of my research is a series of jewellery-based and hollowware-based objects that explore precious metals and other materials such as plastic and milk powder. This inquiry locates itself within the field of jewellery and metalsmithing within the broader sphere of craft, arts and cultures.
FUSION TO INTEGRATION Xiao Tai 2017 Glass Exhibition
Xiao Tai first glimpsed the creative possibilities of fused and integrated glass many years ago, and ever since then he has been exploring different degrees of fusion and integration in order to express new artistic ideas. Fused glass technique explores the interplay between light and shadow, creating an image of flowing glass. As a result, there are no definite borders visible, which softens the edges of the art work.
The process of creating fusion and integration glass art requires meticulous logic and systematic groupings. Sometimes, a perfect exterior masks the intricate and systematic techniques employed in an object’s construction, and also conceals the complete system of thought behind its conception. Light bestows fused glass objects with a certain form so that even though they may be hanging or sitting, the objects seem to float independently of their supportive settings. The tension inherent in the process of fusion and integration seems to radiate from the art piece itself. The object seems to morph unconsciously between concept and reality, transparency and solidity. As your perception of the art piece shifts and changes, you can detect the faintest outline of the internal framework of the sculpture, which fuses the concepts of internal and external, front and back.
This exhibition displays Xiao Tai’s newest series: the Coral Reef Sea Series and the Image Flowers Series, in which he uses different degrees of glass fusion and integration to express life itself. At times, fusion appears on the surface of the glass, and sometimes it appears internally in its absorbed reflections. Sometimes the luster of the glass doesn’t seem to have any apparent depth, but upon a slight change of perspective, a slanted beam of light will permeate the art piece and illuminate a hidden space within the sculpture. The tension within these art pieces transcend the laws of physics and unlocks memories within us. From a solid state to a half-liquid state of fusion and integration, these art pieces display a nebulous world of partial existence, enabling us to pass between imperceptions to perception. These works of art cause us to slow our steps and open our spirits in order to experience their passion and stillness.
Red and Green Color Ware and Encountering with Woodfire Pieces Kang Qing and Chen Guanghui Joint Exhibition
Red and green color ware is an ancient ceramic technique that led to the development of modern glazes- it used to be the only spot of color in the drab winters of northern China. Encountering pottery with woodfire is a ceramic technique that developed naturally during the rise of ceramic production, but it became unused after the industrial revolution. Shanghai University Fine Arts professors Kang Qing and Chen Guanghui developed a special project funded by the university to research and study these two ceramic production methods. This exhibition is not the final showcase of their findings, but it represents some of their discoveries along the way.
Kang Qing chose not to replicate red and green color ware, but rather she combined the brilliance of the colors with her artistic understanding of culture and modern taste into a new poetic medium. Chen Guanghui’s Encountering with Woodfire Pieces uses large amounts of ash, clay, and other materials such as baking soda and salt, to release the natural energy of the pottery from the “confinement” of industrial perfection. Chen Guanghui also included pieces from American ceramic artist Shawn and Chinese ceramic artist Kang Yang.
10th Anniversary Exhibition of Jewelry and Metals Graduate Program, SHU
Contemporary art jewelry used to be merely decorative- a means of showing off opulence. It is now a medium of art expression, and it is intersects with culture, philosophy, worldviews, and physical materials, in order to promote dialogue within oneself as well as with others. This exhibit seeks to capture the accomplishments of the Jewelry and Metals Studio at the Fine Arts College of Shanghai University over the last ten years, in the field of contemporary jewelry instruction. There are 26 artists represented in this exhibit with over 100 pieces of art, which include graduation pieces as well as professional works.
The Jewelry and Metals Studio at Shanghai University was founded in 2003, and began its graduate program in 2006. The last ten years have been a time of phenomenal growth in this discipline. Students continue to pursue art wholeheartedly, and now they have become influential leaders in the field as well. Graduates from this studio have already made invaluable artistic contributions, and they are a source of great pride. Just as a farmer who has toiled in the fields rejoices upon harvest, in the years to come, we hope to reap even greater accomplishments. May every person that has graduated from this department continue to produce quality art, contributing towards the development of China's contemporary art jewelry, and building up the city of Shanghai.
Foundation Summer Show
twocities gallery is dedicated to promote contemporary glass sculpture, ceramics, lacquer and studio jewelry.Every winter and summer, twocities gallery launches a foundation show as an integrated exhibition of different types of art. We choose and present to audience the excellent artworks from the representative artists in the above fields of art.
Nature as Nature ChengXiang Solo Exhibition 2016.3.26-4.12
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.
Ahead of the Curve New china from China
Ahead of the Curve: New china from China was a partnership exhibition with three renowned English museums and one Chinese gallery: The Wilson, Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum, Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, and The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery in Stoke-on-Trent, as well as Shanghai twocities gallery. This exhibition took five years to develop and was supported by Arts Council England as well as the British Council and the Art Fund. It was declared a National Exhibition by the British government.
Ahead of the Curve: New china from China opened in October 2014 at The Wilson, Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum and then followed with stops at the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery and The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery.
Notable attendees at the opening reception at The Wilson included the mayor of Cheltenham, Simon Wheeler, Arts Council England Chief Executive Geoff Mulgan, twocities gallery curator Shannon Guo and co-curators Kate Newnham and Helen Brown. One of the highlights of the reception was keynote speaker Shannon Guo’s seminar on contemporary Chinese pottery and glass art. The BBC and other news agencies were on-hand to provide press coverage.
The second exhibition at the Bristol Museum was also well received with a total attendance of over 22,000 visitors. In June 2015, the exhibition’s final stop was at the English center of ceramic production: The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery. There again the exhibition was well attended and visitors could scarcely believe such modern art originated from China since they usually associated Chinese ceramics with Qing Dynasty tableware. During the symposium in June 2015 at The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, distinguished guests included British Museum curator Mary Ginsberg as well as Victoria and Albert Museum curator Luk Yu-Ping. It was such a success that The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery curator Claire Blakey exclaimed afterwards, “I can’t believe we did it!”
During the Bristol Museum stop, Lars Tharp, well known ceramics historian from BBC Antiques Roadshow, carefully perused the exhibition for four hours and then filmed a special promotion regarding the exhibition. In addition to some in-depth critique, he declared, “I have seen other exhibitions from China…modern Chinese ceramics which have none of the imagination that you see here- it’s what I call very derivative, safe- this is not, this is not. I think it shows there is exciting stuff coming out of China.” Mr. Tharp has visited China’s ceramic capital, Jingdezhen, 18 times and has hosted a special series on the BBC regarding Jingdezhen. He is very familiar with traditional as well as contemporary ceramic art, and his critique was authoritative and substantive.
Twenty artists were featured in this exhibition- fifteen ceramic artists and five glass artists. Most of these artists have had a long-time partnership with twocities gallery and they are all leaders in the world of contemporary Chinese art. Ceramic artists included Li Jianshen (Jackson), Zhang Jingjing, Chen Guanghui, Zhao Lantao, Huang Chunmao, Jiang Yanze, Kang Qing, Peng Zanbin, Shao Changzong, Wan Liya, Wu Hao, Xu Hongbo, Wang Ping, Wang Xiao, and Yao Jiliang. Glass artists included Zhuang Xiaowei, Guan Donghai, Shelly Xue, Han Xi, and Wang Qin. These artists teach at a variety of esteemed academic institutions including the Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Academy of Arts & Design Tsinghua University, China Academy of Art, Nanjing University of the Arts, and the Fine Arts College of Shanghai University, etc.
There was a total of 45 art pieces exhibited in Ahead of the Curve: New china from China, among which 19 were collected by Victoria and Albert Museum, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery and private collectors, making this the single largest acquisition of Chinese contemporary ceramic and glass art by English museums to date.
Ahead of the Curve: New china from China was the largest international exhibition that twocities has participated in and involved artists with whom twocities has enjoyed long-term relationships. 2015 marks the 10th year anniversary of twocities. We have established ourselves as a gallery of influence in the international and academic arenas, and we look forward to promoting even more contemporary Chinese ceramic, glass and lacquer artists in the years to come. We are exceedingly grateful for all of the support we have received from our domestic and international artists, as well as partnerships, and we look forward to additional international opportunities in the future.
Ahead of the Curve: New china from China co-curator
Vice Director of the Jewelry Committee and Vice Director of the Glass Committee of China Arts & Crafts Association
Artistic Director and Founder of Shanghai twocities Gallery
Director of the Jewelry & Metals Program, Fine Arts College of Shanghai University
Foundation Winter Show
2015.1.24 – 3.17
twocities gallery is dedicated to promote contemporary glass sculpture, ceramics, lacquer and studio jewelry.Every winter and summer, twocites gallery launches a foundation show as an integrated exhibition of different types of art. We choose and present to audience the excellent artworks from the representative artists in the above fields of art.
Be Filled With … Contemporary Handmade Functional Ceramics
Curator: Shao Changzong
Artists: Bian Xiaocen, Chai Haojie, Fu Ruohan, Li Benben, Miao Lei, Ran Xiangfei, Wang Xinghua, Wang Yufeng, Yao Jiliang.
For this exhibition, we invited ceramic artists who create handmade artworks that are concerned with the art of living. The exhibition presents the artists’ experience of creating ceramics by hand and their wishes for a wonderful life. Instead of shelving beauty away into an unreachable distance, what these artists pursue is a practical beauty skillfully crafted by their hands and the simplicity that warms people’s hearts.
Distant Relations Jewelry between East and West
This Jewelry Exhibition consists of 15 International and Chinese artists. The five young Chinese artists have studied abroad and adapted the Western philosophy of contemporary jewelry concept, and they are trying to create their works with their own cultural Chinese heritage. On the other hand, some of our Western artists on exhibit had lived in China or other cultures and were influenced by the globalization of our modern world.
Ahead of the Curve New china from China
The Wilson, Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum: 2014.10.11-11.30 Bristol Museum and Art Gallery: 2014.12.13-2015.3.1 The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery: 2015.3.14-6.1
twocities is honored to announce that we have been asked by The Wilson - Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, and The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery to help curate and coordinate a Chinese Contemporary Glass and Ceramics Exhibition in the UK. This exhibition is partly funded by the England Arts Council and will begin in mid-October traveling between these 3 museums. We are very excited about this exhibition as it will elevate the international exposure of our talented artists and further establish Chinese contemporary glass and ceramics art on the world stage. Artists who have been invited to participate include:
Chen Guanghui, Huang Chunmao, Jiang Yanze, Kang Qing, Li Jianshen, Peng Zanbin, Shao Changzong, Wan Liya, Wang Ping, Wang Xiao, Wu Hao, Xu Hongbo, Yao Jiliang, Zhang Jingjing, Zhao Lantao
Guan Donghai, Han Xi, Wang Qin, Xue Lv, Zhuang Xiaowei
Fresh·Talent Artworks by Students of Excellence 2014
August 22nd - September 21st, 2014
"Fresh·Talent"-Artworks by Students of Excellence 2014 exhibits artworks created by several outstanding students who were highly recommended by professors from four art colleges - The College of Fine Arts at Shanghai University, Shanghai Institute of Visual Art, China Academy of Art, and Nanjing University of the Arts.
Creators of these artworks majored in ceramics, glass, and jewelry. Though these artists’ works still require development, their originality and personal styles are already apparent. They boldly tried new crafts and materials in their artworks.
I hope that this exhibition will encourage students of different art colleges to contribute their fresh ideas into the rising trend of modern handicraft.
The Garden Haven “Si Ji Shao” Hand-painted Porcelain Show
June 14th - August 20th, 2014
It is written in the《Kao Gong Ji》that “Creating good crafts depend on time, space, material and design”. The name, “Si Ji Shao”, originates from this idea, and it means to gather these four elements together.
All of Si Ji Shao’s works are made by hand, and the traces of the process also remain. The porcelain exude inner peace. Inspired by the four seasons, flowers and grass, Si Ji Shao simply brings out their pure images in his paintings. From a quiet state of mind, Si Ji Shao pursues simplicity, nature, and purity to another level.
twocities Gallery launches this show for Si Ji Shao’s porcelain works, and we hope to present the audience with the beauty of these daily porcelain ware.
Tranquility - The Scholar's Four Treasures Glass Object by Wang Qin
April 26th - May 25th, 2014
The scholar’s "four treasures", being small and light, do not only belong on the table, but can also be played within the palm. Although physically small, these foundational tools for literature carries rich knowledge and are rooted in the soil of tradition. They gather the wisdom and aesthetic from generations of literati.
"Tranquility - The Scholar’s Four Treasures" presents the most recent glass objects created by Wang Qin. Through the medium of glass, many deep, yet simple characteristics can be shown; a tranquil, yet elegant lifestyle can be rebuilt. If it calls out a heart of appreciation by using them and find a space to live poetically on the earth, then the "four treasures" has tremendous value regardless of its size.
Wang Qin currently teaches at the Glass Studio in the Fine Arts College of Shanghai University.
Foundation Spring Show Feb 25th - Marc 31st , 2014
Fire, wood, water, metal and earth are the fundamental ingredients in the creative process of handcrafted art. These basic elements mix and intermingle to create glass, ceramics, lacquer, jewelry and cloth art. They are also the foundational elements in traditional Chinese philosophy, possessing the ability to describe all interactions and relationships in the physical and metaphysical worlds. Chinese artists working in handcrafted art draw from these foundations to create a new world. In the exhibit, Foundation, we are invited to examine their works and explore their traditions and heritage, as well as the new future they are building.
Foundation Spring Show 2014 features artists representing the emergent world of contemporary functional art in China. Some utilize ancient techniques contextualized in our modern times; others experiment with new methods using traditional materials and themes.
Ink·Ware Kang Yang Functional Ceramics Dec. 21st , 2013 - Jan. 26th , 2014
twocities Gallery will feature an “ink-infused” Ceramics Solo Exhibition by Jingdezhen artist, Kang Yang. His “Poetic Ink” series uses porcelain as the basic material and ink as the language, then it is immersed in water and embellished by fire. Mere watery black and white ink incarnate into a quiet, calm and elegant oasis in the bustling world as well as harbors poetic classiness.
twocities Gallery proudly launches this exhibition for Kang Yang’s porcelain works and we hope to present audiences with visual and spiritual enjoyment of literary poetry.
Fusion 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.
Afterthoughts - Jade·Stone·Porcelain Kang Qing Solo Ceramic Art Exhibition Oct 12th - Nov 19th
This exhibition is based on artist Kang Qing's previous show "Other Rocks" which occurred last year at Beijing. As an Academy teacher from Shanghai University, Kang Qing spends most of her studio time working with "scholar rocks" that are actually made of porcelain instead of raw stone. After her "Other Rocks" exhibition, Kang Qing has found that the concept of "Other Rocks" could be represented in other variations that still allow her porcelain work to fit within the scholar rock as well as jade contexts in our present time. "Other Rocks" is a special Chinese word which refers to how other people's experiences could be helpful. This is what Kang Qing wishes to bring out from this series of work.
This exhibition works as a note book to record and exhibit what Kang Qing is concerned with as an artist. This series continues the deep concerns of human and nature from an artist's perspective. By juxtaposing the scholar rock with the pure porcelain body, as well as including a few pieces of traditional red-green rock vase patterns, these new versions will add enriching flavor to her recent work. It is twocities Gallery's honor to present this exhibition that carries forward the "Other Rocks" concept - "Afterthoughts - Jade ∙ Stone ∙ Porcelain".
Sep 28th - Oct 9th Naturally Jewelry Eight Chinese and eight Western views on nature in jewelry
Nature has always been a model used by mankind to create and invent new things. "Naturally" it is also employed in jewelry as a way for inspiring creativity. Artists use natural materials, look at natural forms for inspiration, draw on philosophies related to nature in order to convey their ideas in jewelry.
The exhibition Naturally Jewelry will show nature in jewelry from two different angles: The artist’s personal view and from the perspective of two cultures - Chinese and Western.
Foundation Summer Show July 16 to Sep 25, 2013
twocites gallery is dedicated to promote contemporary glass sculpture, ceramics, lacquer and studio jewelry.Every winter and summer, twocites gallery launches a foundation show as an integrated exhibition of different types of art. We choose and present to audience the excellent artworks from the representative artists in the above fields of art.
twocites gallery proudly presents the Foundation Summer Show 2013 that features the works of Qiao Shiguang, Cheung Xiangjun; Jackson Li, and several other the internationally recognizedartists, as well as few young emerging artists.
May 11 to June 26, 2013 Guān Yǐng Han Xi Solo Glass Exhibition
Han Xi’s solo exhibition “Guān Yǐng” showcases a five-year evolution of his glass sculptures. His works graciously confront questions of religion, living spaces and human existence. Through the utilization of recognizable imagery such as staircases, mirrors, architectural structures, and the human figure Han Xi’s colorful and large-scale sculptures tell stories of the human experience.
Han Xi is one of the first glass artists in the Chinese contemporary glass studio movement. He studied glass overseas at the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design, Germany. He is currently teaching at the Chinese Academy of Art in Hangzhou.
April 6 to May 5, 2013 It Dwells Among Us Student Lacquer-Ware Exhibition
Lacquerware is defined as a collective of articles with decorative lacquer coating. Lacquerware is functional as well as aesthetically beautiful.This exhibition is a review of the students of Shanghai Art and Design Academy. Their most recent works shows their efforts towards developing the design and technique required for a beautifully formed lacquer object.
December 15, 2012 to February 22, 2013 Foundation Winter Show
twocities gallery proudly presents the Foundation Winter Show that feature the works Qiao Shiguang, Cheung Xianjun; the internationally recognized, Jackson Li, Jiang Yanze and many other handcraft artists. This outstanding selection of contemporary glass, ceramic, lacquer and jewelry displays twocities' continual dedication to promoting artistic, conceptual perspectives and fine craftsmanship.
“The intention of this exhibition is to view it as a microcosm of the Chinese contemporary handcraft art scene, by which we are able to take a small glimpse in order to perceive the all-inclusive picture.” Guo Xin, Artistic Director, twocities Gallery.
October 27 to November 25, 2012 Speak. Porcelain. Listen. Jiang Yanze Solo Exhibition
“The completion of a good porcelain piece relies not only on complicated processes and exquisite techniques, but also on potter”s ability to convey the material”s internal life. Only then will the piece be full of freshness and spirit.” Jiang Yanze
Speak. Porcelain. Listen. is Jiang Yanze’s unique response to the give and take between artist and material. Her amalgamations of stylized non-functional pottery challenge the audience to reconsider the voice of porcelain and our own expected response.
September 8 to October 21, 2012 Neo-guan Jackson Li New Imperial Porcelain
Jackson Li’s second edition of New Imperial wares delicately blend the past and the present, sustaining tradition in our contemporary world. His elegant porcelain works embody the purity of white jade, the serenity of Chinese glaze painting, and the refinement of sliver and gold. Monochromatic tones and minimalist forms combined with expressions of cultural content and heritage invoke a romantic longing reminiscent of Tang and Sung poetry.
March 24 to April 29, 2012 MELD: STUDIO115 Jewelry & Metals
Studio 115 at the Fine Arts College of Shanghai University is one of few studios representing China’s most advanced stage in jewelry & metals. In an imaginarium of over 50 original handmade works ranging from wearable art to functional tableware, MELD overviews eight years of the studio’s artistic innovation. This collaborative exhibition includes work from department professors, established graduates and current graduate students. Curated by Studio115 director and twocities curator, Shannon Guo.
February 18 to March 18, 2012 “Behind the Snowfall” Bai Xiaohua Online Lacquer Exhibition
Best known for his eggshell inlay, Bai Xiaohua”s lacquer paintings gently depict the delicate nature of Magnolia flowers, Watertown scenes and his more recognizable Snow Scenes of the Forbidden Palace. “Behind the Snowfall” uses the computer screen to add yet another layer to his work, inviting the viewer to pause and uncover the rich process behind Chinese lacquer art.
September 9 to October 16, 2011 Lacqution: Group Lacquer Exhibition
Group exhibition featuring young lacquer artists: Zhong Sheng, Xie Zhen, Jin Hui, Kou Yan, Wang Jin, Li Mingqian, and Xu Jin. The artists in this exhibit push the boundaries of lacquer art beyond what is formerly known of the tradition. Paintings take on elements of experimentation, while sculpted works emphasize technique and form, granting a new language to the medium.
June 25 to August 31, 2011 Foundation: Summer Show
Group exhibition featuring young artists representing the emergent world of contemporary functional art in China. Some utilize ancient techniques contextualized in our modern times; others experiment with new methods using traditional materials and themes. The result is beauty that harks back to ‘what was’ yet presses on and beckons ‘what is to come.’
May 21 to June 22, 2011 Tea Talk: Contemporary Teapots Group Exhibition
The art of tea is not just about the tea itself; the act of preparing, serving and enjoying the tea embodies values of hospitality, generosity and meditation.
“Tea Talk” is a group exhibition featuring young artists exploring the significance of tea culture in China. With bold designs and creative concepts, these non-functional teapots pay homage to the tradition of tea while imagining the future of tea culture and aesthetics.
March 26 to May 8, 2011 Foundation: Dis-Functional
Group exhibition featuring Chinese avant-garde craft art
Modern society is experiencing rapid progress, but where is it taking us? 12 Chinese artists use traditional craft techniques to create works that challenge our notions of utilitarianism and consider the search for meaning and beauty in a postmodern age.
Ceramic Artists: Chen Guanghui, Kang Qing, Lu Bin, Wan Liya
Lacquer Artists: Jin Hui, Xie Zhen, Kou Yan
Glass Artists: Cheng Xiang, Xiao Tai, Luo Xiaoshu, Qin Ling, Gao Yu
November 20 to December 31, 2010 Glass Serendipity: Wang Qin’s Solo Exhibition
“Glass Serendipity” is Wang Qin’s first solo exhibition, showcasing a body of work built up from the past five years. Wang Qin interprets the tradition and style of Chinese calligraphy and ink painting through the medium of glass. All works are formed by the casting method. Wang Qin is a talented young artist in China’s emerging glass scene. He currently teaches at the glass studio at Shanghai University’s School of Fine Arts.
Group exhibition featuring works of three-dimensional abstraction. From geometric lines to flowing shapes, this collection of ceramics, glass art and paintings examine movement and beyond to consider abstract beauty and meaning.
Ceramics: Zhang Jingjing, Kang Qing, Shao Changzhong, Xie Mingjuan Glass: Wu Ouhong, Fu Shuai Paintings: Cheng Xiang Jun, Makoto Fujimura
September 18 to October 15, 2010 Soliloquies: Solo Exhibition of Makoto Fujimura
The twocities gallery is proud to present “Soliloquies”, the first solo exhibition of Makoto FUJIMURA in mainland China. A collection of Nihonga paintings in the style of abstract expressionism, Fujimura’s paintings are at once luminous and layered.
Fujimura received a M.F.A. from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music with a Japanese Governmental Scholarship in 1989. His thesis painting was purchased by the University and he was invited to study in the Japanese Painting Doctorate program, a first for an outsider to this prestigious traditional program. The department was headed by Ikuo Hirayama, and Fujimura studied directly under Matazo Kayama.
Based in New York, Fujimura has contributed internationally as an advocate for the arts, speaking with decision makers and advising governmental policies on the arts. He served as a Presidential appointee to the United States’ National Council for the Arts from 2003 to 2009.
August 8 to August 28, 2010 ‘Three Ceramic Sisters’: Exhibit at Duolum Museum of Contemporary Art
Ceramic divas Kang Qing, Zhang Jing Jing and Xie Mingjuan collaborate for an exhibition sponsored by twocities and Duolun Museum of Contemporary Art.
May 22, 2010 to July 7, 2010 Time Doth Swiftly Fly: Dialogue of Clay and Sumi-e Chen Jiu and Jackson Li’'s Duo Exhibition
Time Doth Swiftly Fly is the first joint exhibition featuring Chinese ink painter Chen Jiu and ceramic artist Li Jian Shen (Jackson Li). Chen Jiu’s works are born of water, and his sumi-e (ink and wash) paintings represent an intellectual, scholarly approach to art. Jackson’s stoneware sculptures are born of fire, rough and visceral the art of the people. Both artists make the past palpable in their works, combining the spiritual and the material to honor the richness of Chinese heritage.
January 8 to March 10, 2010 “Drink for Life”: Concert + Photography Exhibition
“Drink for Life” is a multidisciplinary art exhibition combining fine art photography and original pop and classical music inspired by a single topic: water.
Water is the source of life. It is a building block for all living things and a necessary resource in the development of civilizations. When water is contaminated or in short supply, life hangs in balance.
In its pure and basic form, water is mysterious and beautiful, a source of inspiration for creative expression. “Drink for Life” focuses on water’s elemental nature and our dependence on it while exploring metaphors for survival, sustainability and community.
“Drink for Life” is a collaboration between one artist and two musicians, fusing together three creative interpretations to produce one unified artistic expression.
ABOUT THE WORK in “Drink for Life”: Photography: American photographer Mark Most’s work captures water in raw and intimate shots. As water is splashed, tossed and disturbed, Mark captures it, freezes it in time and creates images in the style of abstract paintings. These photos are emotional and evocative in their minimalist style.
Music: American musicians Ron Kent and Stephen Burks composed, arranged and perform all original music in this project. Inspired by the singer-songwriter traditions of Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Steve Earle, the music in “Drink for Life” also incorporates a string quartet to create a fresh and innovative sound.
November 21 to December 31, 2009 “From Day to Day” Jackson Lee’s New Mingei: Pottery of the People
Jackson Lee’s newest solo exhibition celebrates “pottery of the people” in mingei (folk arts). These wares of beauty and utility reconnect us with the role that handcrafted art plays in the rhythms of our daily life.
Jackson Lee received an MFA from Jingdezhen Ceramics Institute and one from Alfred University, USA. His works have been exhibited internationally and he is also an award-winning documentary filmmaker. Lee is the co-founder of Sanbao, a ceramic art institute in Jingdezhen, Jianxi province.
This is Jackson’s second solo exhibition at twocities gallery.
October 31 to November 17, 2009 Young Glass: Contemporary Chinese Glass Art
“Young Glass” features the work of 11 young Chinese artists at the forefront of China’s studio glass movement. These works of cast-glass are bold, innovative, and representative of concepts and techniques shaping the future of contemporary glass art in China.
September 26 to October 25, 2009 Adorn: Wearable Art & Non-Functional Jewelry
Traditionally viewed as status symbols and beauty accessories, jewelry has moved beyond mere decoration and now straddles the line between fine art and design. These contemporary jewelry artists employ non-traditional materials to create works that demonstrate technical excellence and imaginative aesthetics.
‘Adorn: Wearable Art & Non-Functional Jewelry’ features the work of 10 emerging Chinese and international artists in the field of contemporary jewelry.
August 29 September 20, 2009 Hand in Hand
Lacquer painting is a laborious process: preparing just the canvas requires layers of lacquer and linen cloths applied to plywood. Lacquer artists meticulously incorporate tree sap, egg shells, dyes and minerals, blending natural and sometimes artificial materials to capture aesthetic visions.
‘Hand in Hand’ features six young artists committed to reviving this ancient art form. They are both bearers of tradition and pioneers of new concepts and techniques. back to top
July 3 August 25, 2009 Foundation: Summer Show
Modern society values efficiency and results: we chart success by numbers and profit through mass production. The tradition of craft art seems an anomaly but is actually as essential as ever. The legacy shared by craft artisans, the artist’s connection with his material, interaction between audience and the finished craft artworkthese relationships sustain a heritage that would otherwise be lost. The process of handcrafted art requires patience, time, intuition and an attunement with the materials being used. There is an earthy element to the processutilizing materials composed of fire, wood, water, metal and earthyet what is created is transcendental, touching at the very heart of what it means to be human.
Foundation: Summer Show features artists representing the emergent world of contemporary functional art in China. Some utilize ancient techniques contextualized in our modern times; others experiment with new methods using traditional materials and themes. The result is beauty that harks back to ‘what was’ yet presses on and beckons ‘what is to come.’ back to top
May 16 June 30, 2009 Form & Function: Ceramics Group Exhibition
Six young ceramic artists explore the intersection of aesthetics and utility in their collection of functional ceramic ware. Cups, plates and bowls are intertwined in our daily lives but the significance they hold extends beyond containers for food and water. These vessels define our way of life and appreciation of beauty, a marriage of form and function. The exhibiting five Chinese artists and one American artist represent the growing contemporary handcrafted arts movement in China, a movement that draws on tradition as much as it expands the vision of modern design and fine art.
Exhibiting artists: Li Suyi, Han Yunfei, Kang Yang, Li Qiang, Wang Hao, Derek Au back to top
April 18 May 10, 2009 Cheng Xiangjun: Solo Exhibition
Cheng Xiangjun is a well-renowned lacquer painter who employs techniques of oil painting while pushing the tradition of lacquer art in his work. In a style that echoes abstract expressionism, Cheng’s art breaks the conventional mold of lacquer paintings, employing abstract images, geometric shapes and colors that layer and leap from the wood canvas. This solo exhibit features paintings from his series entitled “Tibet Impression”. In this body of work, Cheng explores the mystical, philosophical and religious through symbols, colors and the aesthetic qualities of lacquer. back to top
March 7 April 12, 2009 Foundation: Spring Show
The twocities gallery’s Foundation: Spring Show explores and celebrates the work of three young talented Chinese glass artists. Cheng Xiang, Fan Min and Yang Meihua represent the growing group of artists involved with the contemporary glass movement in China.
Cheng Xiang explores color in her work, using the inherent characteristics of glass in optical playfulness. Her use of colors and composition in glass draws the viewer deeper into the object itself.
Fan Min is a glass sculptor, shaping and forming glass to capture movement. His works are bold and commanding, some reaching up to 1.5 meters in height, yet still embodying a sense of ethereal grace.
Yang Meihua delves into the idea of non-conformity in her works, utilizing the transparency nature of glass as a canvas to depict inner tensions and the complexity of relationships. back to top
December 20 February 28, 2009 Foundation: Winter Show
Fire, wood, water, metal and earth are the fundamental ingredients in the creative process of handcrafted art. These basic elements mix and intermingle to create glass pieces, ceramics, paper art, sculptures and jewelry. They are also the foundational elements in traditional Chinese philosophy, possessing the ability to describe all interactions and relationships in the physical and metaphysical worlds. Chinese artists working in handcrafted art draw from these foundations to create a new world. In the exhibit Foundation, we are invited to examine their works and explore their traditions and heritage as well as the new future they are building.
Foundation: Winter Show features artists representing the emergent world of contemporary functional art in China. Some utilize ancient techniques contextualized in our modern times; others experiment with new methods using traditional materials and themes. The result is beauty that harks back to ‘what was’ yet presses on and beckons ‘what is to come.’
November 15 December 18, 2008 Preservation / Transformation,Lacquer Group Invitational 2008
This group exhibit features seventeen artists who uphold the tradition of lacquer painting while pushing the medium and the artform beyond conventional borders. Their works preserve the essence of Chinese heritage and express post-modern sensibilities with bold results.
Opening reception is Saturday, November 15, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm.
Preservation / Transformation runs until December 18. back to top
October 4 November 11, 2008 Li Jian Shen: Solo Ceramics Exhibit
Li Jian Shen (Jackson Lee) is a ceramics artist who breathes life and passion into his works of clay. Clean and delicate in form and design, his works express beauty and vulnerability while invoking a romantic longing reminiscent of Tang and Sung poetry. back to top
August 30 September 30, 2008 Elemental: Contemporary Sculptural Art, Mixed Media
Group exhibit featuring emerging artists working in ceramics and glass. Artists hail from fine arts schools in China and include young glass artists Wang Qin, Xue Lv and Cheng Xiang. back to top
May 17 August 30, 2008 Qiao Shi Guang: A Retrospective
Solo exhibit featuring wood and lacquer artwork by Qiao Shi Guang, considered the father of the modern wood and lacquer art movement in China. back to top
April 19 May 13, 2008 chee hwa, chee yee
National invitational featuring wood and lacquer artwork from China’s fine arts colleges. Artworks include lacquer paintings, sculptures and ornamental boxes created by fine arts university students. back to top
April 1 15, 2008 4 Step Snake
Collaborative ceramics exhibit featuring two Dutch artists, Adriaan Rees and Hans van Bentem, and two Chinese artists, Chen Guanghui and Wan Liya. This exhibit was sponsored by the Dutch Consulate and the Netherlands China Arts Foundation. back to top
March 22 30, 2008 My Shanghai: Migrant students’ photography
Exhibit featuring works taken by sixth grade students from a school for migrant children. back to top