Saturday, August 27, 2011

STRANGE STORIES FROM A CHINESE STUDIO


JESSICA JANG

SEPTEMBER 3-25 2011

DR. SUN YAT-SEN CLASSICAL CHINESE GARDEN

The garden is a man-made space where we, as humans, negotiate our relationship with nature, our fascination with observation, and our desire to influence the behaviour of our environment. A garden itself is a minute representation of the natural world. The Ming Dynasty garden exemplifies the complexity between physical and spiritual connectivity to nature. The sensitive equilibrium between tangibility and ethereality is what generates ongoing interest in the classical Chinese garden.

This exhibition investigates the space within the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Classical Garden through multiple perspectives- the historical, the contemporary, and the imagined. Each piece in the exhibit acts as a viewfinder revealing the microcosmic as well as the macrocosmic nature of this garden. This series of works is inspired by the folklore of P'u Sung-Ling, Chinese myths, documented occurrences during the construction of the Dr. Sun Yat Sen garden, and observational drawings.

The title of this exhibition is borrowed from the book of the same name by the Qing dynasty writer, P'u Sung-Ling. The use of the title denotes the myth that artists create for themselves within the realm of the studio and the inexplicable process of art-making. The self-reflexivity of the title also refers to the series being created within an historic block of Chinatown, a few steps away from the garden itself.

My hope is that the viewer will discover new entry ways into exploring the functionality of the garden after observing these drawings and paintings.


Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
578 Carrall Street
Vancouver, BC
Canada

Opening Times:
7 days a week
10am-6pm

*By donation after 5.30pm*

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