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Exhibition Details

Exhibition

'Lodge of Tranquility'

Date + Time

31 October - 12 December, 2014

Location

Kairn Weber Gallery

Opening Reception

30 October, 2014
6pm - 9pm

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Karin Weber Gallery announces the third show in its 15th Anniversary Exhibition Series, ‘Lodge of Tranquility’, a celebration of  traditional Chinese scholars’ ideals and way of life.

Chinese scholars used to retreat to their studios, alone or with their closest friends, to savour moments of solitude and contemplation, to reconnect with nature, and to pursue a range of highly sophisticated pastimes. Practising calligraphy, composing poetry, playing music and chess as well as appreciation of arts and antiques were all activities that reflected the highly developed tastes, education and social standing of this elite group of gentleman scholars also described as literati. Today, many Chinese artists are once again drawing inspiration from this high point in their traditional culture, and bringing their own interpretation to an ancient subject that has inspired many of their predecessors.

‘Lodge of Tranquility’ at Karin Weber Gallery explores elements of Chinese literati culture through the eyes of three artists who are increasingly gaining recognition on a regional and international scale. Classic scholar materials such as ink, stone, ceramics and bronze find contemporary interpretations in new combinations and dimensions. The gallery space will be transformed into a Chinese scholar’s studio, the ‘Lodge of Tranquility’, courtesy of Hong Kong designer Elroy Chung.

Karin Weber Gallery announces the third show in its 15th Anniversary Exhibition Series, ‘Lodge of Tranquility’, a celebration of  traditional Chinese scholars’ ideals and way of life.

Chinese scholars used to retreat to their studios, alone or with their closest friends, to savour moments of solitude and contemplation, to reconnect with nature, and to pursue a range of highly sophisticated pastimes. Practising calligraphy, composing poetry, playing music and chess as well as appreciation of arts and antiques were all activities that reflected the highly developed tastes, education and social standing of this elite group of gentleman scholars also described as literati. Today, many Chinese artists are once again drawing inspiration from this high point in their traditional culture, and bringing their own interpretation to an ancient subject that has inspired many of their predecessors.

‘Lodge of Tranquility’ at Karin Weber Gallery explores elements of Chinese literati culture through the eyes of three artists who are increasingly gaining recognition on a regional and international scale. Classic scholar materials such as ink, stone, ceramics and bronze find contemporary interpretations in new combinations and dimensions. The gallery space will be transformed into a Chinese scholar’s studio, the ‘Lodge of Tranquility’, courtesy of Hong Kong designer Elroy Chung.