Contra Costa Times -- Art in the Bay Area
By Laura Casey
Thursday, July 3rd, 2008 at 10:52 am in museum.
Alameda sculptor Feng Jin e-mailed me to tell me about his show at the Alameda museum, opening this weekend. It is called “Symphony of Chinese Calligraphy and Sculpture.”
Jin has partnered with Taiwanese calligrapher Mei Chu Chang to present this show, open now until July 30.
Chang is an accomplished traditional calligrapher and has even presented some of his work to the Vatican. He breaks from the traditional calligraphic field in this show, presenting a “picto-calligraphy” style that appeals to Western sensibilities.
Jin uses metal sculpture to represent traditional calligraphic characters and other Asian script. Feng Jin even applies the rules and methods of calligraphic writings into metal fabrication, such as correct stroke order, proper balance and rhythm of characters.
I am a big fan of metal sculpture and I appreciate how difficult it is to make a metal piece that is graceful. I meandered through Jin’s Web site and saw enormous amounts of beauty and grace in his work. I can’t wait to see this show!
The Alameda Museum is at 2324 Alameda Ave., right off Park Street.
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Beverley Polt Says:
July 17th, 2008 at 3:20 pm
The Feng Jin/Mei Chu Chang exhibit at the Alameda Museum was wonderful! Thank you for passing on the information. I am considering buying one of the sculptures. I wish I had the simple, tranquil space in my home that the calligraphy hangings need. I was especially attracted to a minimalist representation called “I Wish I Could Give You the Moon”, (or something similar.) How great that would be to give to a loved one!
I found more information at http://web.mac.com/jin8feng/Site/Home.html including that the Alameda exhibit is open only through JULY and that Feng Jin seems very versatile and works in more than one style. I saw that there is a current exhibit at Wildwood Farm Nursery and Sculpture Garden in Kenwood. I was there once a few years ago and really enjoyed browsing through the plants and looking at the art. Feng Jin’s sculpture will be there through August. The web site also lists an upcoming exhibit in San Leandro and an “Open Studios” exhibit in December.