Coco Karesansui
by Wei Cheng

With Special Guest Performance by Stefan Nazeravich on May 20th!

Wei Cheng's May 2022 ceramic exhibition curated by Steven Dragonn

Duration:

  • April 29th - May 20th

Location: 106-8889 Laurel St, Vancouver

Exhibition Details:

  • Opening Event on April 28, 6-8pm

  • Free Admission

  • Free Parking Outside

Closing Performance:

  • May 20th at 7:00 PM

  • Doors open at 6:30 PM

  • Complimentary small plates and refreshments

  • Book tickets here!

Gallery Hours:

Wed:  11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Thu:   11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Fri:     11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Sat:    11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Sun:   11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Artist Wei Cheng and Curator Steven Dragonn will be present in the space weekly on Wednesday from 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM.

THE EXHIBITION

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The negative space of landscapes resides in the spiritual realm--it is a kind of mindscape.Ancient scholars pack landscapes into gardens and objectify landscape features in their pastime. Many would even personalise their scenery in the process of creating inner harmony. Here “negative" means "emptying" the mind, removing the “noise" bestowed upon the mind by social realities, creating tangible "playthings" is a cathartic act of secularising the troubles of the mind.

Wei Cheng has always focused on thinking and researching clay. Her curiosity towards the material’s unbounded capabilities guides many of her creations and shines through in all her works. One thing to note about clay is that its body can undergo a variety of transformations, depending on the temperature it endures in the kiln. The ensuing results can range from crystal clear to coarse black even if they are of the same clay origin. For a piece to consist of both results, it would have to be fired separately given that the firing temperature is the determining factor. Yet, Cheng challenges that assertion and heats two congruent clay bodies to allow the depth of black to contrast the elegance of white.

In this series, Cheng’s work echoes the phrase “Black Mountain, White Water” used to describe the lofty paintings of ancient literati, through proper understanding and thoughtful expression of the two tones. Furthermore, Cheng’s interpretation of black and white encapsulates the essence of both Japanese Zen Garden aka “Karesansui” and the elegant black and white trend spearheaded by Coco Chanel.

ABOUT

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Wei Cheng 成玮

Born and raised in China, Wei Cheng now lives and dedicates her art practice in Vancouver, BC. She earned her art education from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she learns to appreciate the ceramic medium. She has been a resident artist at Alferd, Jingdezhen, and Yixin pottery center, and her professional practice has also taken her to States and Europe. Her work has been exhibited extensively in solo and group exhibitions in both national and international venues.

- 毕业于Emily Carr University of Art + Design
- 2013年创立WStudio个人陶艺工作室
- 2019年创立YunSpace闲云艺术生活空间
- 中加陶艺协会创始人之一
- BC省陶艺协会会员
   温哥华华人艺术家协会会员
   北美西海岸陶瓷雕塑协会会员

部分作品收藏机构:
爱尔兰Chester Beatty图书馆
加拿大Peter Kiss画廊
帕劳Hi Resort 酒店
加拿大Shadbolt艺术中心
哥伦比亚Campos de Gutiérrez画廊

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Steven Dragonn 龙邃洋

Steven Dragonn is a visual artist and curator based in Vancouver and Guangzhou China. Graduated from Guangzhou Academy of Fine Art in China with a BFA and from University of Paris East in France with a MA, he is director, curator and founder of Canton-sardine. He is a beyond-Conceptualist and Neo Hyper-real Pictorialist across communicatics and personal visual experience. Specifically, he dedicated his work to examining political and social injustice, while his main curatorial interests include individual experience, migration of minorities, minor gender, personal identities, and social political sufferance.

广州美术学院雕塑系专业学士,法国东巴黎大学电影与多媒体艺术系纪录艺术专业硕士;曾任岭南画派纪念馆当代艺术项目策展人,广州儿童三年展"策展人,现为加拿大溫哥华艺术机构“沙甸咸水阜”总监及策展人

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Stefan Andrei Nazarevich (b. 1996) is an artist based in Vancouver, Canada: the unceded, traditional territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. 

 

His compositions, performances, and installations utilize meticulous, architectural music productionStefan’s work turns the emergent artifacts of failing technology into aesthetic sonic objects, inspired by retro sci-fi, anime, and the glitches in the Matrix.

Under the alias SAN, Stefan released his debut EP Haven, in July 2019. . Along with Shion Skye Carter, he is one half of the duo olive theory, whose debut work reach-close (2019) features an interactive, sculptural, amplified piano wire installation, performed with plucking, violin bows, and the scraping of shaved heads. His work has been presented at events such as Vancouver International Dance Festival (2019), Vines Art Festival (2020), and the Darmstadt International Summer Course (2018, Germany). 

 

A frequent interdisciplinary collaborator, Stefan has been commissioned to compose for numerous dance artists, including Noam Gagnon (Vision Impure), Josh Beamish (MOVE The Company), Wen Wei Wang, Ralph Escamillan (FakeKnot), and Anya Saugstad.