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b. 1978, China

Song Hongquan Biography

Song Hongquan grew up as the son of a noted stone carver in the most celebrated stone-carving district of China, Quyang County, famed for 2000 years for its marble, granite and jade. The artist has never had formal instruction in carving; he says he learned just by watching his father and other carvers. In After the Stone Age (2011), he blurs the lines between carver and carving, past and present by using the tools of a stone carver to carve, out of stone, the tools of a stone carver. He got the granite for this work straight from the quarry, and spent three years transforming it into perfect facsimiles of 75 traditional tools—including crowbars, hammers, bores, chisels, maces and pincers—and the box in which they are kept. That process was a prolonged meditation on the relationships between human beings, civilisation and nature, he says: 'It was after the Stone Age, when man invented metal tools, that we started moving away from nature.' While that was regrettable in some ways, it also brought blessings and wonders, including those of art itself: carvings were among the first artworks ever made, and the birth of the Iron Age, with its metal tools, opened up vast new possibilities for creation.

Song Hongquan Featured Artworks

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Cloud 019 云019 by Song Hongquan contemporary artwork
Song HongquanCloud 019 云019, 2016White marble
15 x 18 x 14 cm
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Lotus 莲子 by Song Hongquan contemporary artwork
Song HongquanLotus 莲子, 2012White marble
43 x 21 x 23 cm
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Spirit Eye Cave #12 灵眼洞府系列 #12 by Song Hongquan contemporary artwork
Song HongquanSpirit Eye Cave #12 灵眼洞府系列 #12, 2019Concrete, pebbles
15 x 25 x 9 cm
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Spirit Eye Cave #7 灵眼洞府系列 #7 by Song Hongquan contemporary artwork
Song HongquanSpirit Eye Cave #7 灵眼洞府系列 #7, 2019Concrete, rebar, pebbles
33 x 28 x 30 cm
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Spirit Eye Cave #6 灵眼洞府系列 #6 by Song Hongquan contemporary artwork
Song HongquanSpirit Eye Cave #6 灵眼洞府系列 #6, 2019Concrete, rebar, pebbles
71 x 29 x 21 cm
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Re-sculpting—Venus 再塑—维纳斯 by Song Hongquan contemporary artwork
Song HongquanRe-sculpting—Venus 再塑—维纳斯, 2019Bluestone
56 x 32 x 32 cm
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Cloud 002 云002 by Song Hongquan contemporary artwork
Song HongquanCloud 002 云002, 2016White marble
14 x 20 x 14 cm
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Song Hongquan Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Song Hongquan, Underground 地下 at Chambers Fine Art, Beijing
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22 June–12 August 2019 Song Hongquan Underground 地下 Chambers Fine ArtBeijing

Song Hongquan Represented By

Chambers Fine Art contemporary art gallery in Beijing, China Chambers Fine Art New York, Beijing

Song Hongquan In Ocula Magazine

The Armory Show 2020 Ocula Photolog The Armory Show 2020

The Armory Show (5–8 March) features presentations by leading international galleries, innovative artist commissions, and dynamic public programs. The 2020 edition of The Armory Show, welcomes 183 exhibitors from 32 countries, convening Midtown Manhattan at Piers 90 and 94.

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