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Galerie Les filles du Calvaire

Asia Now 2019

9 Avenue Hoche, Paris

Private: Zhuo Qi

Du 16 au 20 octobre 2019

Galerie Les filles du calvaire presents a solo show of the artist Zhuo Qi, whose work was the subject of a solo exhibition at the gallery this year.

Zhuo Qi is from China (Fuxin). After studying at the Beaux-arts du Mans, and the Haute Ecole d’Art et de Design de Genève, he deepened his research into ceramics at the Ecole nationale supérieure d’art de Limoges and conducted his experiments using industrial kilns.

The artist has combined Chinese and French know-how to develop a technique that is unique to him: a radical and performative use of porcelain. The technique is both the material and the subject. He transforms and mishandles the traditional forms of the ceramist to create disconcerting sculptures that are radically foreign to the standard function of the objects he manufactures, collects or restores.

The Porcelain chairs imitate bamboo to illustrate the principle of misappropriation, a subject of great importance to the artist. Zhuo Qi used the popular bamboo chairs of Jingdezhen area as his starting point, playing on the robustness of the original material to create “tired” chairs that collapse under their own weight during cooking and transform into “the idea of the chair”. Thereby the chair finally represents nothing more than the material of bamboo and its universal importance in Chinese culture: as a tree, building material, food, support and writing instrument or traditional painting pattern.

Using the extremes of tradition and humor, the artist aims to rethink the age-old art of ceramics.