Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Ahead of the Curve - new china from China

It may seem odd to tell you about an exhibition that has just finished but don't worry if you missed it - it's going on tour! 
Dreamer by Shao-Chaozong
The Wilson, Cheltenham had just completed its stint of hosting the Ahead of the Curve exhibition before it tours to its next venue, Bristol Museum & Art Gallery and, following a showing there, onto to the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent.

Ahead of the Curve is an exhibition of contemporary Chinese ceramics and glass made by emerging and established artists. It has been surprising and impressing visitors at The Wilson since it opened in October 2014.

The exhibition shows work by many artists connected to the city of Jingdezhen in Jiangxi province. Porcelain has been made there for over ten centuries;  the city housed the imperial kilns which produced thousands of the finest porcelain wares for Chinese emperors and their households. More than half of the works in Ahead of the Curve: new china from China were made in Jingdezhen , renowned for its high quality raw materials and the skills of local craftspeople.  

The work in Ahead of the Curve is a wonderful blend of traditional techniques, new techniques and social commentary. The glass works in the exhibition offer an insight into a relatively new discipline in Chinese art - studio glass has only recently emerged since the early 2000s in Chinese universities.

Both staff and visitors at The Wilson have enjoyed the exhibition, with the work resonating with people in very different ways. 
Lost by Han Xi 2010
The exhibition tours to Bristol Museum & Art Gallery from 13 December 2014 to 1 March 2015: for more details and images please click here
The Drunk Pot Series no. 1 by Wu-Hao
After Bristol it goes to The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent from 14 March to 31 May 2015.