Chunming Jia, Singing Spring, 2014, water-ink on rice paper, 32” x 32”

Chunming Jia, Singing Spring, 2014, water-ink on rice paper, 32” x 32”

Chinese Art Blossoms at the Gordon Jewish Community Center

July 1 – 31

by Keeley Harper

Zhiqi Xu, Beyond The Great Wall, 2010, Handmade paper cut, 68” x 27”

Zhiqi Xu, Beyond The Great Wall, 2010, Handmade paper cut, 68” x 27”

China holds one of the oldest and most historically rich cultures.  Spanning its vast historical timeline are many forms of traditional Chinese art, such as paper cutting, black pottery, embroidery, and painting, which reflect life in the periods from which they arose.  However, these folk art forms and the histories they embody are slowly deteriorating as skilled masters die and young people in China move to metropolitan areas to seek more prosperous lives.

Brothers Zhao Zuo and Ning Zuo want to save these priceless and historic art works and hope to help them survive by introducing them to America.  Traveling across China and learning about the histories of these works, the brothers have complied Traditional Chinese Art, an exhibit that—according to Zhao Zuo—reflects “elegant simplicity with deep spiritual pursuit and rich historical aspects.”

The goal of the exhibit is not only to introduce those who are not familiar with these types of works to beautiful Chinese art, but to understand the deep connection and importance of art in Chinese culture—a culture that has only recently opened its doors to the rest of the world. Featured artists include Hezi Cong, Chunming Jia, Genyou Li, Yingke Peng, Zhanyuan Sun, Jingfeng Tian, Jingquan Wang, Xin Wang, Liahong Wang, Zhiqi Xu, Lijun Zhang, and Yongsheng Zhang.

Zhao Zuo hopes that visitors to the exhibit will see that “the world is a large and fascinating place, yet it is one place. Expand the horizon of your own life while connecting to the root of human nature and to other people.”

Traditional Chinese Art will be on display at the Gordon Jewish Community Center from July 1 to July 31, with a reception scheduled for July 8 from 7 to 9 p.m. For more information visit www.nashvillejcc.org.

Zhiqi Xu, Snow and Trees, 2010, Handmade paper cut, 16” x 22”

Zhiqi Xu, Snow and Trees, 2010, Handmade paper cut, 16” x 22”

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