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Teaching and Healing

Frank Vigneron
Professor, Fine Arts Department
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

 

Since the better artists of today are always those who have a clear grasp of the world that surrounds them, it would obviously be absurd to state that only university studio art educators are more aware of the present than artists who do not have the responsibility of engaging with young people. The work of Shi Jin-hua, for instance, who is not attached to an art education institution, is so deeply rooted in the demands of his physical condition and his understanding of human relations that it belongs just as much to the present as that of Ho Siu-kee and Wei Qingji who are both full time academics. And yet, it could be argued that, beyond their own personal intellectual pursuits, it is partly thanks to their everyday involvement with much younger students that artists like Ho Siu-kee and Wei Qingji have been able to renew and reinforce their own practices. As for Shi Jin-hua, we will see that his take on art as healing and connecting makes of his practice an ideal way to unite with the present. The involvement of these teachers and healers takes place within a vast and complex environment that has been called the ‘artworld’ (in one word) by the American philosopher and art critic Arthur Danto (1924-2013), who thus defined the aesthetic, intellectual, institutional and commercial context where art itself is created. Today, very few studio art teachers at university level would be taken seriously if they did not have their own professional practices and if they did not engage directly in the artworld. All the same, since the two teachers of this exhibition also constantly resist the conservatism that often appears in the institutional structure of art education, it cannot be said that the works on display here come merely from their engagement as art educators. Since they are first and foremost artists, their art practices allow them to resist the institutions of art education from the inside and renew it in the process. The same can be said of Shi Jin-hua whose conceptual performative projects have also engaged some aspects of the artworld in order to change it from the inside. This show gathers three artists who can claim prominent places in the very artworld they have helped built over the years as artists, teachers and healers. ....view full article

 

Selected Artworks

松之一 Pine I 136×70cm 宣紙 墨 Ink on Xuen

松之一 Pine I 136×70cm 宣紙 墨 Ink on Xuen

松之二 Pine 2 136×70cm 宣紙水墨 Ink on Xuen

松之二 Pine 2 136×70cm 宣紙水墨 Ink on Xuen

绽放 2014 C Blossom 2014 C 180x95cm 宣纸

绽放 2014 C Blossom 2014 C 180x95cm 宣纸

聖山Saint Mountain 2, 136×70cm, 宣紙水墨Ink on Xuen Paper, 2012

聖山Saint Mountain 2, 136×70cm, 宣紙水墨Ink on Xuen Paper, 2012

高山 High Mountain 136 × 70cm 宣紙 墨 Ink

高山 High Mountain 136 × 70cm 宣紙 墨 Ink

美人 Beauty Diameter 40cm 宣紙 墨 Ink on

美人 Beauty Diameter 40cm 宣紙 墨 Ink on

擁抱計畫 Hugging Project C print、 件、影

擁抱計畫 Hugging Project C print、 件、影

筆#117 Pen Walking #117 鉛筆、紙、 件 Penc

筆#117 Pen Walking #117 鉛筆、紙、 件 Penc

聖光十號 - 手 Aureola No. 10 - Hand 木與青銅

聖光十號 - 手 Aureola No. 10 - Hand 木與青銅

手起/ 手落 Hands Up/Hands Down 鋼雕塑 Steel

手起/ 手落 Hands Up/Hands Down 鋼雕塑 Steel

坐/立/卧 Sit/Stand/Lie 鋼雕塑 Steel sculpt

坐/立/卧 Sit/Stand/Lie 鋼雕塑 Steel sculpt

聖光四號 - 居心所 Aureola No.4 - a Place fo

聖光四號 - 居心所 Aureola No.4 - a Place fo

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