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Thursday 29 April 2021

Emptiness Is Form: The Ceramic House Brighton Exhibits Rare Show Of Chinese Artists Ceramics

Emptiness is Form launches Interbeing, an ambitious international ceramic and sound art project between British and Chinese artists.
Credit Jo Ritchie

The title Emptiness is Form is taken from the Heart Sutra and reflects myriad ways in which the exhibitors work with the material of clay. 

The ceramists selected for this show represent established artists working in China and emerging artists from China and internationally.

All the artists selected have an interest in exploring traditional techniques with a contemporary sensibility, offering UK collectors, specialists and artists a rare overview of the breadth of contemporary Chinese ceramic practice today.

Works by Chinese sound artists, curated by artist Joseph Young, will be streamed during the show as live performances to accompany the ceramic works. 

Kay Aplin, curator and founder of The Ceramic House said: 

"In the connected global culture of the 21st Century, the concept of 'inter-being' has something to say not just about the implicit cultural connections that bring together artists from very different backgrounds, but also about the complexity of an individual artist"s practice. 

"Especially now, as we look forward to a post-Covid-19 era, the ways that we cooperate trans-nationally will be of particular importance. 

"In Emptiness is Form we want to fully explore the work of these ceramic and sound artists to deepen our knowledge of a culture vastly different from our own and invite people to share this unique experience."

The sound works will also be released on an album in collaboration with the Aural Detritus Concert Series.

Inter-being is a Buddhist concept that comes from the Heart Sutra and, in the context of Interbeing, explores the cultural connections between two seemingly very different cultures, the UK and China. 

By starting from a point of similarity rather than distance, the project aims to foster and encourage a deeper understanding between countries.

The Ceramic House is a gallery, hosts international residencies for artists, a guesthouse and a centre for ongoing research into ceramic and sound art collaborative practice. 

The house has been embellished throughout with Kay Aplin's architectural ceramic work both internally and externally.

One-to-one tours virtual tours with the curator will be available, and the exhibition will be open to visitors on selected dates and by appointment. 

Emptiness is Form is part of Brighton's Artists Open House and coincides with the Brighton Fringe festival.

Emptiness is Form is at The Ceramic House, Brighton open to the public from 28 May to 20 June 2021 at weekends, 11am-5pm. Please visit the Ceramic House website for more information:  https://www.theceramichouse.co.uk/emptiness-is-form/

by: Mike Cobley




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