Monday, April 24 to Sunday, May 14, 2017
Alcove Gallery, Magill Library
The title of the show “Spirit Resonance” is from the Six Principles of Chinese Painting, established by Xie He, a writer, art historian and critic in sixth-century China. It became the standard artists should strive for in his or her art. “Spirit Resonance” or ‘Vitality” is the first and the core principle among the six. It refers to the energy transmitted from the artist into the work, the overall energy and spirit of a work of art. Xie He said that without Spirit Resonance, there was no need to look further.
The artworks in this exhibition are created by students in a Fine Arts course titled Chinese Calligraphy as an Art Form, students in this class are pursuing a variety of disciplines in humanities, science and social science. In this course students learn the basic techniques of Chinese Calligraphy, its historical roots and development, and its importance in Chinese culture, especially its connection with painting, poetry and education. This course offers training in disciplined hand-eye coordination together with an appreciation for this ancient and contemporary art form. At the same time students learn how western artists have been influenced and inspired by Chinese calligraphy and use its concept and techniques in their own work. The core of this course is to create art works based on what they have learned from the art form of Chinese calligraphy. “Spirit resonance” flows beautifully through the works in this show. Our student artists have given it a new meaning.
Curator of the show
Professor of Fine Arts