Opening: December 20, 2017 (Wednesday) 6-8 pm
Closing: January 27th, 2018 (Saturday) 6-8pm
Address: BIGGERCODE Gallery, 472 Broome St. (between Broome and Greene) New York, NY, 10012
Hours: Monday-Saturday 11am-7pm; Sunday 12am-6pm
Curated by: Jiawen Song
Press Contact: Jiawen Song (firstname.lastname@example.org; 1.917.628.5668); Bear Xiong (email@example.com; 1.212.534.6810)
New York - Fou Shop and BIGGERCODE Gallery are pleased to announce our first collaborative exhibition - Ren Studio: Extraordinary Ordinary, which will be on view at the BIGGERCODE Gallery from December 20, 2017 to January 27, 2018. In the exhibition, Ren Studio will present the latest series of functional ceramic works including serving vessels(mugs, bowls, plates), teapots, jars, and vases. Each unique object connects the creator and the owner, and tells its own story in everyday life. The opening reception will be held at BIGGERCODE Gallery from 6 to 8 pm on December 20, 2017.
Renqian Yang, the creator behind Ren Studio, seeks to break the boundary between painting and ceramics, while searching for a delicate balance between the two media. For Yang, clay is her canvas. The flowing details, vivid brushstrokes and changing hues on the ceramic works all hold a strong painterly quality.
Interested in the concept of interdependent binaries, Yang attempts to present sets of complementary colors in the functional ceramic works of Ren Studio. By revealing various contradictions that exist in the color field and in natural world, Yang’s work addresses the unity and the contradiction of dichotomies—restriction and freedom, complexity and simplicity, representation and abstraction. In this exhibition, Ren Studio attempts to reconcile the dichotomy between Extraordinary and Ordinary: the repetivity daily life is ordinary, but special experiences make it extraordinary; the fading memory is ordinary, but the unforgettable life events are extraordinary. We are used to the ordinary life, but always desire for the extraordinary happenings. The extraordinary moment is precious for its rareness. When we come back to everyday life, the sense of loss comes with it. Ren Studio transforms the extraordinary moments through ordinary objects - hand-made functional ceramic works. Intangible extraordinary moments are fabricated into the ordinary ceramics. Using them in daily life becomes a way to preserve the precious memories, and create new stories. As Yang suggests: “My hope is that the person who owns the piece in the end will continue the conversation, and complete the story behind each piece.”
*The Press Release is written by Jiawen Song. English translation by Aubrey Wang, Jiawen Song and Echo He.
Becca Wu, the founder of FlowerSnob flower studio, will present flower arrangement specially designed for this exhibition, which will be shown together with the ceramic works of Ren Studio in the opening reception to reveal the extraordinary beauty of the ordinary daily life.
纽约 – 否商店和 BIGGERCODE Gallery 很荣幸地宣布，我们合作的首次展览《Ren Studio: 日常，非常》将于2017年12月20日至2018年1月20日在BIGGERCODE Gallery举办。本次展览中，Ren Studio将带来最新创作的一系列实用陶瓷作品。从日常的杯碗器具到别具一格的花器和小雕塑，每一件独一无二的器物都在试图发出自己的声音，希望使用它的人能听见，并续写完背后的故事。本次展览的开幕酒会将于2017年12月20日下午6点至8点在BIGGERCODE Gallery举行。
Ren Studio的创办人杨人倩一直尝试打破陶瓷与绘画的界限，并寻找平衡。对她而言，黏土即是画布。在绘画作品中看到的细节流动，生动笔触和色彩变化，我们也能在Ren Studio的陶瓷中看见，同时因为陶瓷原有的安静属性，而呈现出一场静与动，形与色的冲突和平衡。
特别提示：FlowerSnob花艺工作室创始人Becca Wu还将根据本次展览作品设计独特的花艺，在展览开幕当日与Ren Studio的作品一同呈现，通过插花和陶瓷体现日常的非常之美。
Ren Studio Founded by Artist Renqian Yang, Ren Studio has been designing and creating all different kinds of ceramic works. Regardless of the mass industrial products nowadays, Ren Studio still stubbornly starts from a mundane mud, pauses and thinks about every detail, making its unique functional ceramic works coagulate time and memories. Renqian Yang obtained her BFA in ceramics from the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute in 2009. In 2014, she graduated with her MFA in Ceramics from Syracuse University, New York. Currently, she lives and works in Oswego, New York as an artist and Assistant Professor at State University of New York at Oswego.
否商店（Fou Shop) As an extension of Fou Gallery, Fou Shop also holds the same value that enjoying art is an essential part of everyday life. Fou Shop offers exclusive and limited edition works of art, design objects, accessories and home goods, which are often unique piece made in New York. More importantly, we only select pieces that connect you and the creator. It means a fine piece with an enjoyable soul and a lasting memory.
BIGGERCODE Gallery was founded with the boutique shop BIGGERCODE in SoHo in 2017, with the mission of bringing art to a broader audience and nurturing emerging artists. It has established its reputation for introducing fresh, contemporary, and often interactive work by rising talents around the world.