By : Staff Reports : 8/29/08 San Leandro Times
The San Leandro History Museum and Art Gallery presents a sculpture solo exhibition “The Heart Sutra” featuring Bay Area sculptor Feng Jin’s recent new series “Hearts On Fire.”
The exhibition runs from Sept. 4 to Oct. 26 at the gallery at 320 West Estudillo Avenue with a reception for the artist on Saturday, Sept. 6 from 1 to 3 p.m.
In this series of abstract figurative sculptures, Feng Jin creates ancient goddess figures using modern material and sculpting technique. In “The Heart Sutra,” the twisted metal torsos salute the natural beauty of human bodies.
The works are inspired by women, with various definitions from ancient sayings, poetry and religious stories, in addition to the belief that a man cultivates pure vision by seeing the woman as a deity,
“Hearts On Fire” series is an extension of Feng Jin’s “The H Series,” an evolution from realistic to abstract figures. Sculptures are mostly in human size, with mirror-like high-polished finishing or patina-finished.
Jin uses a difficult technique to create these figurative series — by hand-fabricating a cool, flat stainless steel sheet into the figure. He cuts and hand-hammers several flat stainless steel sheets into different curvy body parts, then wields the parts together and polishes the entire surfaces with patina color. A simple hammer does most of the work — punching and more punching.
Jin insists on using the hand fabricated technique because it provides the best result of showing curves and shapes of a female body, instead of casting bronze or stainless steel.
All of the figures are one of a kind, just like women in this world. Shapes of water drops, the moon, and the heart can be found on most of the pieces. The marble-texture patina finishing provides flowing curves and forms.
Some pieces are designed to incorporate both male and female figures to show the Yin and Yang harmony.
Jin is a professional metal sculptor based in Alameda whose work can be seen throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Jin is of Korean descent and was born in Harbin, China.
Jin grew up as the son of a machinist. His creativity came from early childhood when the he often played in his father’s work place and fell in love with hand tools, old gears and bent metals.
In 1992, he received his BA in Sculpture from the Central Institute of Fine Art, Beijing.
He began working with stainless steel and various metals with abstract curves in his art school days. In 1989, Jin helped design and coproducing the statue, “Goddess of Democracy” for the student movement at Tiananmen Square.
In 1995, Jin came to the Bay Area pursuing his artistic career. In thirteen years since moving to the Bay Area, Jin has exhibited his work wide.