On November 11th, 2019, jointly organized by Shanghai Artists Association, Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts and Shanghai Liu Haisu Art Museum, Jiangmei curated the exhibition “The Place of Things – Qiu Jia” at the Liu Haisu Art Museum in Shanghai. The creation of old furniture? Uncover the beauty of old furniture. The Cheap used furniture exhibition presents a total of 16 works, in addition to two early figurative figures sculptures, all of which are the abstract devices of Qiu Jia for nearly three years, reflecting his deep academic thinking and artistic development.
After 2016, Qiu Jia’s work has undergone a major transformation. He began to experiment with Cheap used furniture pieces, cheap three-ply boards, and wooden strips. He created wooden “abstract” devices by cutting, collage, and combining structures. There is no “sculpture” in the sense of shaping, more is influenced by the use of modern products, post-modern art, collage, abstraction, composition, etc., and is integrated into the traditional Chinese techniques such as mortise and tenon joint.
This theme “Cheap used furniture” is also to highlight the relationship between works and things. Curator Jiang Mei hopes that the audience can understand the works more openly and contemporaryly from different perspectives of “things and people”, “objects and things”, “things and time” and “objects and space”.
Compared with the wood and metal sculptures that showed the human or the body in the early days, Qiu Jia’s installations in recent years did not have the image of a specific “person”. Instead, they were replaced by “unknown objects” called “objects” or “components”. Drums, like mountains, like buildings, but the overall shape is mostly round.
Talking about this, Qiu Jia said, “I have been thinking about the more possibilities of sculpture presentation, and I want to explore the style with my own language. Everyone’s mood is different. The circle is hoped to open 360 degrees. The way of viewing from a sexual perspective allows the audience to have their own understanding before the work.”
On the basis of the stable modeling of basic components, Qiu Jia highlights the richness and diversity of the detailed processing of various parts, and excavates the texture, color and subtle differences between different facades in seemingly limited materials and forms. In these works with similar structures and different details, the old table pieces are undoubtedly the most important and most noticeable part.
Qiu Jia said: “I tried to get rid of the current social ‘thing’ level, I want to return the dignity to the table, turn it into a work of art in the exhibition hall. When you hold your breath and look at it, I feel Traces of time.”
In addition, Qiu Jia applies the color of the old furniture directly to the work, which is also used to express the “invisible and real existence.”
Qiu Jia was born in Shanghai in 1977. In 2001, he graduated from the Fine Arts College of Shanghai University with a bachelor’s degree. In 2004, he graduated from the Fine Arts College of Shanghai University with a master’s degree. From 2015 to 2016, he was a visiting scholar at the Royal College of Art in London, England. Currently teaching at the Sculpture Department of Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts. As one of the most prominent young Shanghai sculptors, Qiu Jia’s recent works have received more and more attention and recognition for his personalization of artistic language, sensitivity of thinking and humanistic temperament with introspection.
With the broadening of the artistic vision, Qiu Jia broke through the limitations of the original sculpture concepts and methods, and put his own artistic thinking on a broader level. Starting from his own emotional life experience and memory, he studies the traditional and modern art concepts and methods through reflection on tradition and current culture.
The creation of old furniture? Uncover the beauty of old furniture. He not only found the integration of personal artistic ideals and creative practice, but also provided the possibility of thinking and experimenting and the specific cases for discussion. Second-hand furniture news continues to report the latest news for you!