The San Leandro History Museum and Art Gallery presents a solo sculpture exhibition "The Heart Sutra" featuring Bay Area sculptor, Feng Jin, and his new series "Hearts On Fire". This series of abstract figurative sculptures is an innovative concept of ancient goddess figures using modern material and sculpting technique. Each piece, inspired by women with various definitions from ancient sayings, poetry and religious stories, incorporates the belief that a man cultivates pure vision by seeing women as a deity, "The Heart Sutra" presents not only twisted metal torsos but salute the natural beauty of human bodies.
The "Hearts On Fire" Series is an extension of Feng Jin's "The H Series" ("H" stands by "Her"), an evolution from realistic to abstract figures. Sculptures are mostly scaled to actual human height, with mirror-like high-polished finishing or patina-finished. Jin uses the most difficult way of creating these figures—by hand fabricating a cool, flat, stainless steel sheet into female figures. Jin cut and hand hammered, several flat stainless steel sheets into different curvy body shaped parts. He then welded the parts together, polished then finishes the entire surface 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, compared to casting bronze or stainless steel.
All of the figures are one-of-a kind, just like the women of the world. Water drops, moon and heart shapes can be found within the pieces. The marble-textured, patina finishing, provides certain tensions of flowing curves and forms. Some pieces were designed to incorporate both male and femaleness: to show Yin and Yang harmony.
Based in Alameda, Feng Jin is a professional metal sculptor whose work can be seen throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Jin was born in Harbin, China and is of Korean descent. Jin grew up as the son of a machinist. His creativity came from early childhood. As a child he often played in his father’s work place and fell in love with hand tools, old gears and other 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 participated in designing and co-producing the statue, "Goddess of Democracy" for the student movement at Tian-An-Men Square.
Jin came to the San Francisco Bay Area, in 1995, to pursue his art full time. His focus: becoming a professional sculptor without making any political statements through out his art. His favorite subjects are life and women. In the years since moving to the Bay Area, Jin has exhibited his work widely. In 2007, Jin mounted his retrospective solo "Ten Years In America" at Alameda Museum. This year Jin's sculpture went back to his hometown, for the first time—to Guardian Auction of Beijing, China.
Upcoming solo exhibitions for 2008-2009 include: San Leandro History Museum and Art Gallery, City of Milpitas—Phantom Art Gallery, City of Albany Art Gallery and 1870 Art Center. In late October 2008, "The Heart Sutra" will be exhibited at Stanford Art Space, Stanford University.
Feng Jin’s Solo Exhibition: "The Heart Sutra" –is sponsored by San Leandro History Museum & Art Gallery. (Curator is Abby Chen, program director of San Francisco Chinese Culture Center.) The exhibition begins September 4th and closes October 26th.
A reception for the artist will be held on Saturday, September 6th from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the San Leandro Museum & Art Gallery located at 320 West Estudillo Avenue (between Clark & Hayes Streets, next to the Casa Peralta), San Leandro, CA 94577.
Hours: Thursdays to Sundays from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Admission: Free. Contact Information: 510-577-3990.
For more information on the Feng Jin website: www.dreamcatchersarts.com.