1342ºC is the highest temperature when firing ceramics. The exhibition title, 1342ºC is part of the series of case study research that has been undertaken by the OCAT Shenzhen, indicating how Liu Jianhua is working within and against the limits of 'porcelain' as a medium, as well as the unpredictability of materials and firing process. This also invokes Liu Jianhua's years of ongoing artistic experimentation with the process and results of "melting points" and relating to his active "igniting point" within the context of contemporary Chinese art.
In Liu Jianhua's porcelains, the traditional and the contemporary, as well as the natural and everyday attitudes and feelings have been sedimented into the glazed background of these 'objects.' His experimental method comprises a return to nature that allows him to present people and objects in a space that is simultaneously familiar and strange, revealing the slight but specific relationships between people and their objects in everyday life. In addition, the outside world achieves a new form for visual cognition, or rather, we pass through the dust of time to discover and rethink about the world as we know it.
Curated by Feng Boyi and Wang Jing. Press release courtesy OCT Contemporary Art Terminal.