Sense and Sensibility – a cooperation between ink and technology
This group of nine art works are created by two Chicago artists, Qigu Jiang and Decheng Cui, they are archival quality prints of digitally generated images based on an ink vase painting. The theme of vase is not an ordinary one, it was inspired by the Blue and White underglaze porcelain vase of Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). The original painting is done with ink on rice paper, it underwent the process of importing into an artist designed system from which the final images were produced. The unique part is the combination of color choice is not controlled by the artist but by the calculation, in another word, that is the algorithm capability of the software “created” these beautiful pieces. It would have no problem for viewers to tell that they are peaceful, tranquil, saturated yet pure in color once they see the works. As the great French artist Matisse stated: “art shall be a sofa for whom who is weary of travail.” The purpose of this exhibition is to treat the viewers with the elegant colors and forms background by the philosophy of tradition and modern digital technology that alluring the audience into a realm of calm.
About the Artists
Qigu Jiang and Decheng Cui are both from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where Qigu is a teacher and Decheng is a graduate student. They both are very active in the art community of the city of Chicago and show their works internationally.