“Aesthetic Contemplation” - Ink Drawing of Chu Tat Shing
"Aesthetic contemplation 4", 2017, Ink on paper, 180 x 90 cm
"Aesthetic contemplation 2", 2017, Ink on paper, 180 x 90 cm
“Aesthetic Contemplation”, is a state of mindless contemplation that links with Schopenhauer’s aesthetics. Schopenhauer was a true atheist and pessimist who fundamentally questioned the value of human existence. Nevertheless, Schopenhauer described aesthetic experience in terms of “peace and blessedness”, and as a special kind of pleasure and enjoyment. Schopenhauer also gave particular attention to tragedy. The notion of pleasurable aesthetic contemplation may invite the thought in which aesthetic experience is regarded as a release from the pressures of living. Schopenhauer provided his own spin however and claimed “what gives to everything tragic… the characteristic of release, is the dawning of the knowledge that the world and life itself can afford us no true satisfaction, and we are therefore not worth our attachment to them”.
The powerful sculptural ink drawings of Chu Tat Shing incredibly feature a deep touching effect to the audiences. The life-sized drawings in fact have nothing to do with tragedy at all. Although the postures do express helplessness, depression and frustration which are unfortunately just part of life. The entire theme comes from Chu’s concern, his empathy of people and the tied up in life. The ink drawings of Chu Tat Shing according to Schopenhauer’s aesthetics are therefore rather optimistic, or at least we have transformed something from dark into beautiful.
Chu Tat Shing Biography
Born in Wuhan, China in 1942. Chu Tat Shing is an artist famous for his figurative sculptures and statues. Chu graduated from the Sculpture Department of Hubei Institute of Fine Arts in 1965, and further his Masters at the Department of Sculpture of the Central Academy of Fine Arts (Beijing) in 1978. Upon graduation of his post-graduate studies, Chu was appointed as the Director of Sculpture Creation Studio at the Hubei Institute of Fine Arts. He is now also a member of China Artists Association and Deputy Head of Xiang Gang Mei Xie.
In 1984 Chu settled in Hong Kong and actively engaged in the local art community as a sculptor and teacher. He is a long-time member of the Hong Kong Sculptors Association and was a founding member of the Hong Kong Sculpture Society. He also served as a member of the Board of Directors at the Hong Kong Artist Commune, organized numerous exchange activities in the field of sculpture between Hong Kong, Macau and Guangdong. Chu has taught in the extra-mural programmes of both The University of Hong Kong and The Chinese University of Hong Kong. In 2007 he was awarded a Medal of Honour by the Hong Kong SAR government.
It would not be difficult to find his works today in Hong Kong public areas. Among numerous commissions by Chu in Hong Kong is the 5-meter-tall bronze statue of Dr. Sun Yat-sen at the Dr. Sun Yat-sen Museum, the "Dance of Heaven and Earth" collected by Hong Kong Museum of Art (sponsored by Hong Kong Jockey Club) as a public art piece located in Kowloon Park in Tsim Sha Tsui, and the 3.5-meter-tall full body Bruce Lee statue created for and still at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum of Art.
Vernissage: 2 December 2017, 3pm – 6pm
Exhibition: 25 November - 29 December 2017
Venue: Cheer Bell Gallery, Unit 1602, Global Trade Square, 19-21 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Hong Kong