The Analects, Tai Bo : How glorious are the elegant regulations he instituted!
Pottery art can be appreciated from a variety of aspects: from its unique form, special uses, or the elegance of the glaze color. Viewers can explore the world of art through a single piece or a series of pottery. The black-glazed series is plain and accentuates the stereoscopic glaze surface. The dark tones intensify the glamor on the surface and unfold the variety of changes.
For viewers, Tenmoku might be an elegant hobby; however, to the artist, iron glaze is an artistry filled with difficulties. Even if the artist has great skills, to coat the pottery with enchanting pattern requires luck. It is difficult to produce satisfied works of art without numerous trials and errors. The artist is patient and diligent, only to be rewarded upon the opening of the kiln. These processes and efforts are rarely felt when merely admiring the tea bowl.
The word “iridescence” describes eye-catching brightness, exquisite beauty in colors. On one hand, black glaze demands effort invested in its colors; therefore, the focus lies in the sumptuous appearance. On the other hand, the viewer’s keenness gives the artist anticipation and expectation. This motivates and drives the strict focus on detail and presentation. In the Writings of Chuang Tzu, the Northern Sea replied to the earl of the Ho when he questioned the value in Tao, “The virtue (of man) is in what is Heavenly. If you know the operation of what is Heavenly and what is Human, you will have your root in what is Heavenly and your position in Virtue. You will bend or stretch after necessary hesitation; you will have returned to the essential, and may be pronounced to have reached perfection.” This belief has formed all things in life, in addition to the true affection and appreciation from those near and afar.
Taiwan is an interesting place with above-average education and lively thoughts. However, the masses are distant from the cultivation of cultural spirituality and pure art. Perhaps this free world provides many opportunities to hide and distance themselves. This has led to few new faces in Taiwan’s rich exhibition environment. It is a pity for the rich resource to be buried in this cultural desert.
Education is the core of change, but it takes too long to wait for changes in decrees and regulations. However, society is a good route that will be able to gradually influence and nourish the minds of the people. This makes exhibitions even more important. Exhibitions are a link of social education and are capable of subtly and continuously changing the people, spreading seeds into hearts. We hope that one day these seeds will sprout and prosper.
Nian-Ba-Tian Gallery hopes to become the platform that links artists, new viewers, professionals, and collectors. We also hope to become the promoter of great art. We strive to realize our mission: to connect space and time, land and sky, and people and culture.