Squares on Squares and Circle

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Squares on Squares and Circle

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By Yewen Dong

2017, Abaca, Cotton, Flax, Red art, Gerstly Borate

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Statement:

My work is about the tension and relationship between human (man-made) space and natural space.

I am drawn to the surface of different spaces -– solid and liquid, striated and smooth, city and landscape, 

which record the marks of human interaction. 

 

I use clay, ceramics, handmade paper, collage and video to translate the fragments of spatial memories into tangible and physical forms. Textures and shapes mark my movements through space I have experienced before.

 

 

CRACK LINE

 

 

I like walking while looking down at the ground.

Time passes looking at the grid, the edge, the crack, the relief, the surface, the texture.

Fragile balance exists between nature and the man-made; for instance, rain, wind, and variations in temperature weather the concrete, which is later filled with asphalt. 

This continues the cycle of erosion and recovery.

 

 

FRAGILE MOVEMENT

 

 

My practice reflects the fragile movement of time.

Memories of the past are fragments, and the individual, either the artist or the viewer, 

is the connection between their fragmented movements.

 

 

TIME

 

 

I employ layers as a formal element to explore the narrative of time. 

A period of time could constitute layers of individual moments in a day.

Time is recorded through a process of duplicating and overlapping layers; 

each layer has a different state, orientation, and kinetic quality.

 

 

WATER

 

I imagine water (rivers, lakes, and oceans) as an undulating bed sheet floating above the ground;

I like sitting, standing and walking in the water and being submerged in water up to my neck

- but I don’t know how to swim.

EDUCATION

 

2017.                 M.F.A Degree.   Studio Art, Ceramics.   School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL.

2013.                 B.A Degree.       Art Design, Ceramics.  China Central Academy of Fine Arts, China, Beijing.

2012.                 Exchange student.  New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Alfred, NY, USA.

 

 

EXHIBITIONS

 

2018.              .  NCECA Annual Exhibition, Visual Voices: Truth Narratives  

                           Society for Contemporary Craft. 2100 Smallman St. Pittsburgh, PA               

 

                        .  Fahrenheit 2018 Biennial.                                                                   

                           The American Museum of Ceramic Art. Pomona, CA. 

 

2017.              .  New Chinese Contemporary Landscape

                           Zhou B Art Center. Chicago. IL

 

2017.              .   Muskegon Museum of Art 89th Regional Exhibition                                                                                                                                                             Muskegon Museum of Art. 296 W Webster Ave. Muskegon, MI.                         

 

                       .   Chautauqua School of Art Annual Student Exhibition 

                           Fowler-Kellogg Art Center. Chautauqua, NY 

 

                       .   2 Ames Show

                           2 Ames. Chautauqua, NY

 

                        .  The Clay Studio Graduate Student Biennial

                           The Clay Studio.  137-139 N. 2nd Street,Philadelphia, PA 

   

                        .  Annual College Collective exhibition

                           Flower City Arts Center, 713 Monroe Avenue, Rochester, NY

 

                        .  SAIC MFA Show                           

                           Sullivan Galleries. 33 S. State St., 

                           School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

 

                        .  Taking Shape

                           Studio Oh!, 1837 S. Halsted St. Chicago, IL

 

                        .  They Don't Love You Like I Love You.  Cranbrook X SAIC

                           Trinosophes. 1464 Gratiot Ave, Detroit, MI

 

                        .  NCECA 2017 National Student Juried Exhibition

                            Hoffman Gallery at the Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland, OR

 

                        .  Shifting Landscapes, 

                            Surface Design Association’s 2017 members juried exhibition, 

                            Form & Concept, 435 S Guadalupe St, Santa Fe, NM

 

                        .  Winter Lumen

                            MacLean Center, Flex Space, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

 

2016.               .  You Can Go With This or You Can Go With That

                            Mana Contemporary Chicago, 2233 S Throop St, Chicago, IL

                        

                        .  M151

                            Gallery 1922, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

 

                        .  Ceramic Tile 2016

                            Pewabic, 10125, E. Jefferson Ave, Detroit, MI 

 

                        .  Shapes of Influence National Ceramics Exhibition

                            M.G. Nelson Family Gallery, 700 North 4th Street, Springfield, IL 

   

                        .  SAIC/ Cranbrook Cera-Mix Exchange

                            Forum Gallery, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI.

 

2013.               .  Group exhibition   “Jewellery and Ceramics” --- WhiteBox  Art Center, 

                            798 Art District, No.2 Jiuxianqiao Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China

 

                        .   BA show of China Central Academy of Fine Arts 

 

 

COLLECTIONS

 

2016                   Water Stone collected by Joan Flasch Artists' Book Collection

                            The John M. Flaxman Library, Chicago, USA  

 

 

AWARDS

 

2018.              .  Studio Residency Grant

                           Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale, NY

 

2016-2018.    .  Graduate Dean Professional Development Award,

                           School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL 

 

2016-2017.    .  The International Graduate Scholarship,

                           School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL 

 

2016.             .   Nominated for Edes Prize for Emerging Artists, James Nelson Raymond, 

                           The Municipal Art League, and the Toby Devin Lewis Fellowships

                           School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL  

 

                       .   Ox-Bow Merit Scholarship,  

                           Ox-Bow School of Art and Artist Residencies, Saugatuck, MI  

 

2015-2017.   .   Enrichment Scholarship,  

                           School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL 

 

 

RESIDENCIES

 

2018.             .   Studio Residency at Women’s Studio Workshop. Rosendale, NY                                              

 

                       .   Vermont Studio Center. Johnson, VT.                        

 

2017.             .   FIELD/WORK Residency at Chicago Artists Coalition. Chicago. IL        

  

                       .   Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, NY         

  

2013 - 2014  .   The Pottery Workshop, Jingdezhen, China

 

 

RELATED EXPERIENCE

 

2017.             .   Graduate Teaching Assistant, Benjamin M DeMott,   

                           School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL

 

                       .   Graduate Teaching Assistant, Myungah Hyon,   

                           School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL

 

2016-2017    .   Graduate Advisory Panel  

                           School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL

 

2016.             .   Graduate Teaching Assistant, William J O'Brien,   

                           School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL

 

                       .   Maintenance Staff

                           Ox-BOW School of Art and Artist Residencies, Saugatuck, MI 

 

                       .   Graduate Teaching Assistant, Xavier Toubes,   

                           School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL

 

                       .   Artist Assistant to Maria Gaspar, Chicago, IL

 

2015-2017.       Studio Assistant, Ceramics Department,

                           School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL

 

2012.             .   Exchange student,  

                           New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Alfred, NY, USA 

 

2011-2013.   .   Book designer  (Part-time)

 

 

LECTURES 

 

2017.             .    Artist Lecture in Maria Gaspar’s Contemporary Practices Class,                              

                            School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

 

2016.              .   Lecture / Visiting Critic, 

                            8th Grand Valley State University Ceramics Forum, 

                            Grand Valley State University, Grand Valley, MI, 

        

                        .   Artist Lecture, Ceramics Department. 

                            School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

 

                        .   Artist Lecture, Cranbrook and SAIC Exchange program, 

                            Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI.

 

2015.             .    Artist Lecture, Ceramics Department. 

                            School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL