by Wang Qin on view August 1st – August 31st, 2019
cast glass and ink
7 x 28 x 14”
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Calligraphy I by Wang Qin is on display at Bentley Gallery during the month of August 2019.
Wang Qin interprets the tradition and style of Chinese calligraphy and ink painting through the medium of glass. His works are Zen-like, communicating an adherence to Chinese traditional culture and pursuit of the spiritual. His “Calligraphy or Not?“ series depict his passion for Chinese calligraphy and culture. The simplicity of his black and white palette on a canvas of clear glass exudes serenity and purity of heart.
All works are formed by the casting method. In working with glass as a medium, Wang Qin demonstrates both mastery and respect in his attitude towards the art form. “I respect glass as a material, and don’t want to control it. I try to talk to the glass and understand it; merge with it to achieve an utterly harmonious connection between my heart and the material,” says Wang Qin.
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Wang Qin, born in Jingdezhen, China in 1978 and began his career studying ceramics at Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute. He went on to receive his master’s degree in glass art from Shanghai University. He currently teaches at the glass studio at Shanghai University’s School of Fine Arts. He has participated in many art exhibitions nationally and internationally, and his works are collected by individuals and institutions including Philadelphia Museum of Art (US), Victoria and Albert Museum (UK), Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery, (UK), Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung (Germany), Royal Museum of Scotland, Corning Museum of Glass (US), China Arts Museum, Shanghai Museum of Glass, and China Pavilion built for Expo 2010.
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