Although SinArts Gallery tries to show art by Chinese artists and artists from the Chinese diaspora, it also puts its art into a broader international context: the Southeast Asian and the West European contexts.
Satoru Hoshino’s ceramic sculptures show the ultimate use of clay.
Clay, when used for modelling, gives a certain resistance in that it will always maintain its volume.
If you push or press it, it will bulge beneath your hands.
It will always react, it will always have the last word, which creates, especially in Satoru Hoshino’s works, a kind of dialogue between the artist and his material.
In Hoshino’s ceramic sculptures the volumes of clay almost become a kind of organic creatures.
To make the story even more international, Chung Hsi-Han especially found inspiration in Nepal, where he also discovered Nepali paper on which the presented works are made.
Also with Nepali paper one could say that it is the paper which has the last word.
It both resists and absorbs in such a way that you may wonder what the next stage in Chung Hsi-Han’s work may be.
Will he show us both sides of the paper next time?
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Contents of all photographs courtesy to Satoru Hoshino, Chung Hsi-Han and to SinArts Gallery, Den Haag
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