Treating the body as a creative tool, the artist devotes himself entirely to the field of ceramic art. He emphasizes the dialogue between the body and his artworks, and confronts the clay by integrating the subject with the body. His artworks are created on the basis of the interplay between the world and his perception as well as tactile and algesic senses within the clay-based structure. To create the purest and finest ceramic artworks, the artist not only adopted complex and painstaking procedures of production, but also exercised his superior skill in kilning. Through the constant process of deconstruction and reconstruction, he successfully transformed the heavy clay into delicate lines and shapes. His awe-inspiring, extraordinarily 'large' but 'thin' ceramic works, along with their charm of innovation, all resulted from such a refreshing contrast. Following his philosophy of life, that is, 'transcending life through life, transcending artistic creation through artistic creation, and finally transcending life through artistic creation,' the artist keeps challenging himself, expecting to transcend the confines of life and artistic creation.
Text courtesy Double Square Gallery.
Artist Xu Yongxu is different from many artists who have been in art classes and art departments since childhood.
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