January 21 - March 5, 2022
virtual presentation still on view
Fairfield University Art Museum
At the time of growing academic interest in contemporary ink art amongst scholars and universities overseas, the exhibition INK/Stone presented the expansive practices of artists from the 20th and 21st centuries, who engage with ink and stone as materials, subjects, and concepts. Employing a range of techniques and media, the artists make diverse points of contact with older Chinese artistic traditions. Some embrace the emphasis on ink brushstrokes on paper or silk to render mountainous landscapes or rock forms; others incorporate media and styles usually associated with western painting: oil on canvas, or gouache and watercolor. Yet others use photography, industrial processes of fabrication, or create conceptual and performance art. The contemporary works are shown together with older stone objects such as Buddhist steles, a scholar’s rock, and inkstones, which provide historical touchpoints for the artists’ reinterpretations of these forms and media.
Ink/stone included work by An Ho, Bingyi, Arnold Chang, Gu Wenda, Huang Yan, Liu Dan, and others. The exhibition was curated by Dr. Ive Covaci, Adjunct Professor of Art History at Fairfield University.
For more information and a virtual tour, please refer to the official webpage of the exhibition Ink/Stone.