Three ceramic sisters

Opening reception:Sunday 8thJuly 6:00P.M
Exhibition period:8th- 28thJuly 2010
Add:Shanghai Duolun Museum Of Modern Art,3F (NO.27 Duolun Road)
Sponsored by: Shanghai Duolun Museum Of Modern Art,Twocities gallery
Artists:Zhang Jingjing,Xie Mingjuan,Kang Qing


Elegant Ceramic, Pure Quality

Shanghai Duolun Modern Art Museum is delighted to hold this exhibit featuring three female modern ceramic artists: Kang Qing, Zhang Jingjing and Xie Mingjuan. All three share a similar background of studying at Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute and then abroad in the USA, Europe and Australia. As I personally have developed more interest in ceramic art, I have become acquainted with these artists and their works through art fairs, galleries and even visiting their studios in Jingdezhen. This is the first modern ceramic exhibition to be held in our museum. Their new works remind me of the Fifth Shanghai New Ink Exhibition: similar in the painters’ method of expression, sprouting from tradition but going beyond with an experimental spirit. Modern ink and modern ceramic are on the same path, breaking through traditional aesthetic standards without losing the elegance of the, exploring the modern art vision with a distinct Chinese perspective. We want to see more creative modern ink artists and also more ceramic artists. Without them, our modern art is not complete. With our aim to “inherit the history, create the contemporary”, our museum is honored to host exhibits such as this.

Kang Qing was born in 1960s to a well-known ceramic family. While she was in the States, she met with many ceramic artists, sculptors and critics whose creations focused on nature, flowers and plants. Recalling childhood memories of playing with clay, she returned to the craft of ceramic. She came to Shanghai ten years ago as a ceramic professor at the Fine Arts College of Shanghai University, and she also launched the ceramic brand ‘Humpoo’. Featuring plants in their designs, Humpoo products bring a connection with nature. It represents an elegant life style with its pure quality.

Xie Mingjuan was born in 1970s in Shaoxing, a watertown in Southern China. With her solid background in Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute and China Academy of Art, her repertoire of pottery, porcelain paintings and modern paintings is well established. She spent two years in Paris for further studies in painting and came to Shanghai to start her own company in 2005. She employs purely traditional crafts skill and combines with modern shape, to create her own style. In this exhibition, her series “Music Needs No Strings” are colorful ceramic instruments playing beautiful notes in our space, reflecting her pursuit of elegance.

Zhang Jingjing is an associate professor at Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute. She represents the school of contemporary blue & white ceramics. Recenty, she began combining the abstract charm of blue & white with contemporary ceramic ideas, resulting in a stylish series entitled ‘Arc’. Half-arc slopes crimping ceramic tiles create overlapping and staggering space combinations. The work is simple, quiet and harmonious. Under the lights, its rises and dips, curves and shadows show the work’s rhythm and simple logic.

Kang Qing, Xie Mingjuan and Zhang Jingjing are all rooted in our excellent tradition. They adhere to the handcraft art heritage, expressing their fruitful imagination while combining modern ideas. They use their distinct personalities to create a splendid visual feast with clay and fire. I admire the purity of their works and look forward to more beautiful creations from them to come.

Chen Jiu
Curator Of Shanghai Duolun Musuem Of Modern Art


Zhang Jingjing

Xie Mingjuan

Kang Qing

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