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Innovation & the Past

Sep 30, 2015

DSC_0081aaChina’s ceramic history is renowned, as it is in other East Asia countries such as Japan, Korea, and Vietnam. In the Pacific Asia Museum new exhibit “Reshaping Tradition: Contemporary Ceramics from East Asia,” today’s East Asian ceramicists consider their country’s past, both positively and critically, and re-shape and redefine traditional ceramics with innovations of their own.

The controversial Ai Weiwei of China and his countryman Ah Xian and Liu Jianhua, plus Ik-joong Kang and Yeesookyung of Korea, Harumi Nakashima of Japan, and Bui Cong Khanh of Vietnam bring their works to the Pacific Asia Museum. The exhibit is an engaging contrast and of styles, perspectives, and perceptions, yet has a sense of congruence.

 

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Artist Liu Jianhua of Jingdezhen, China. Above right, Liu’s Trace, black porcelain

 

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Liu’s Fallen Leaves, 5,000 hand-painted, individually placed ceramic leaves

 

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Ai Weiwei, Colored Vases

 

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Forms that Enclose the Absurd (detail) by Harumi Nakashima

 

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Hand-built porcelain with blue in-glaze by Harumi Nakashima

 

Touring the exhibit, then dawdling through the museum’s historic permanent collection, followed by a quiet sit in the lovely courtyard makes for a thoughtful, peaceful, and creatively nourishing afternoon…that eased into a gentle evening…

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Reshaping Tradition: Contemporary Ceramics from East Asia
Through January 31, 2016
Pacific Asia Museum, 46 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena 91101
Admission: $10, general; $7, students and seniors
Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
PacificAsiaMuseum.org

 

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Ah Xian, Ten Thousand Flowers

 

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Porcelain busts by Ah Xian

 

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Bui Cong Khanh, The Story of Blue, White, and Red (No. 2); hand-painted porcelain

 

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Vases by Bui Cong Khanh. Artist Liu Jianhua speaking with guest

 

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Yeesookyung, Translated Vases; ceramic shards, epoxy, and 24 karat gold leaf

 

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Yeesookyung, Translated Vase (detail)

 

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Ik-Joong Kang, 500 Moon Jars: Things I Know, porcelain with glaze and mixed media

 

Ik-Joong Kang, 500 Moon Jars: Things I Know

Ik-Joong Kang, Moon Jar, tempura and liquid plastic on wood

 

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