"Linear Continuation - Ceramics by Chang Ching-Yuan" American Cultural Center July 7 - September 27, 2000
The American Cultural Center lobby is open to the public from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and noon until 6 p.m. through Saturday. It is closed Sundays and holidays. The American Cultural Center is located at 54 Nan Hai Road, Taipei.
Chang Ching-yuan graduated from National Taiwan Academy of the Arts and received his Master of Fine Arts degree from Rochester Institute of Technology in 1991. He is currently associate Professor at the Tainan National College of the Arts, and was an instructor of ceramics and sculpture at the Baltimore Claywork Education Center from 1990 to 1993. In addition to his rich teaching experiences, Chang has received various prizes in Taiwan and abroad for his art.
Chang held his first solo exhibit at the American Cultural Center in 1984. Since then, he has been both teaching and creating art. He has been creating functional vessels as well as non-functional objects simultaneously. Creating functional vessels is started by sketching, which allows Chang to experiment various techniques and glazes. When working on functional vessels, he remains in a relaxed state; although when creating art objects, he is always thinking.
Though he began with functional vessels, Chang does not limit his work to vessels. He is always exploring the potentialities and the possible expressions of clay. When creating art objects, Chang loves to juxtapose subtlety and primitiveness, smoothness and roughness, glazed and unglazed, working with different firings of the pieces and combining them into various forms. He does not favor a single piece as a completed work, but prefers to look for the connection among pieces. Therefore, his artwork can be interpreted in various ways. Aesthetics is the principle for the combination, however. The spontaneous processes of aesthetics release Chang's sub-conscious mind so he can fathom the deeper self that he could not explore without it.
In this exhibit, there are a series of woodfired functional objects, such as tea sets and vessels, that Chang created in the kiln he built with his students at the National College of the Arts. Chang always looks for his inspiration and motivation from his daily life. When he teaches, he looks for any chance to communicate with clay. These vessels reveal his natural aura and the sense of relaxation which reflect Chang's comments on the tea culture that is very popular today. "Bring art to life, and life to art" is what Chang expects from his students' work. His own functional vessels display this concept clearly. As the pace of life moves very quickly in our modern society, tea culture and the beautifully hand-made tea sets provide a rest for the exhausting mind and bring the elements of art into our life. This exhibit lets us directly and practically confront "Beauty."