Exhibition - April 21st to June 16th, 2018
Adam Chau and Jennifer Ling Datchuk
Adam Chau and Jennifer Ling Datchuk present Blue Garden, a duo exhibit featuring blue and white porcelain sculpture and pottery that draw themes from both Eastern and Western cultures.
Both biracial Chinese Americans, Chau and Datchuk use their multiple heritages to investigate what it means to live as a 21st century American.
Adam Chau Statement
The production of objects has moved from using analog tools powered exclusively using the hands, to computer-generated output where automated machines perform functions devoid of the human.
In terms of contemporary object making, computer aided technology has dominated how we think and make decisions. I explore how I can introduce the human hand into computer-controlled environments.
Handmade tools have replaced standardized milling bits on a CNC machine in order to complete tasks such as creating a ceramic plate or tile. By having a unique tool only made possible by the hand, the dishes differ from each other even when the program is repeated every time.
This methodology has potential to change the craft and design industry, where a hybrid practice can see the benefits from both worlds
Jennifer Ling Datchuk
Jennifer Ling Datchuk is a ceramic sculptor and artist born in Warren, Ohio and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Her mother came to this country in the early 1970s from China; her father born and raised in Ohio to Russian and Irish immigrant parents.
Beyond initial appearances, the layers of her parents’ past and present histories are extremely overwhelming and complicated – a history of conflict she has inherited and a perpetual source for her work.
She captures this conflict by exploring the emotive power of domestic objects and rituals that fix, organize, soothe and beautify our lives.
Trained in ceramics, the artist works with porcelain and other materials often associated with traditional women’s work, such as fabric, embroidery, and floral patterns, to discuss fragility, beauty, femininity, identity and personal history.