Zhang Jianjun's work, Vestiges of a Process: Shanghai Garden, is on view at the Asian Art Museum from February 5 - September 12, 2010. Vestiges of a Process: Shanghai Garden is situated closest to Lee Gallery the east side of North Court. It is an installation composed of two silicone rubber Taihu rocks, manufactured from molds of real Taihu rocks which in traditional garden culture are prized for providing city dwellers with a kind of symbolic access to nature. The rocks are accompanied by a silicone rubber vase. Together they are arrayed atop a pavement of gray antique bricks, acquired from the demolition of Shanghai houses constructed between 1923 and 1926. Visitors can walk between the rocks, reflecting on time and process.
Turkish calligraphers were skillful at transforming words and phrases into the shapes of animals. This was done by elongating, wrapping, and rotating letters to create the contour (outline) as well as details of the animal. Favorite animal shapes include the lion, peacock, and stork. Students will write a descriptive sentence about an animal that they believe has virtuous qualities. They will create a zoomorphic pen and ink drawing composed of this sentence.
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For the Artist Drawing Club series, Nick Dong explored the patterns and the ways in which they come together to form culture and create a visual language to transmit ideas. Reflecting on the exhibition Emperors’ Treasures: Chinese Art from the National Palace Museum, Taipei, Dong created an immersive, interactive installation of a “circular sky” and a “square earth," invoking ancient Chinese iconography of heaven and earth. Through this cosmological pattern, Dong recognizes the rich and wondrous culture in the exhibition and its place in the modern world.