TAIPEI, Taiwan––Employing the body as its own creative tool, Hsu Yunghsu (b. 1955) devotes his entire self to the field of ceramic art. He emphasizes the dialogue between the body and his artworks by fully confronting the clay in his exhibition Unfettered Encompassment at Double Square Gallery (November 2 – December 8, 2018).
His tangled forms are born of the interplay between the world and his perception, as well as tactile and algesic senses within the clay-based structure as evidenced by the physical traces of such interaction.
By virtue of absolute corporeal and spontaneous actions, he applied his living experiences to transforming the originally heavy porcelain clay into his delicate ceramic artworks.
To create the purest and finest ceramic artworks, the artist adopted complex and painstaking procedures of production, especially so during the firing process. Through a continual process of deconstruction and reconstruction, he successfully transformed the heavy clay into delicate, yet large and irregular curvilinear forms.
Following his philosophy of life, that is, “transcending life through life, transcending artistic creation through artistic creation, and finally transcending life through artistic creation,” the artist keeps challenging himself, expecting to transcend the confines of life and artistic creation.
The artist’s works appear to be in a state of proliferation and sprawling. They’re simultaneously the whole and its parts–– associated yet decomposed, connected yet fractured.
They not only reflect the thriving of natural desires, but also symbolize the sudden and dramatic surge of creativity.
Text (edited) from gallery.
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