|The Aesthetics of Nirvana Series
||Word into Art
039 Graham Memorial,
UNC-Chapel Hill, Nov. 5 - Dec. 3, 2003
|Word into Art features
the contemporary work of four gifted artists representing China, Korea,
Japan, and the United States.
Each of these four artists
has been inspired by the ancient calligraphic arts originating in China.
Chinese calligraphy is not
only a practical skill for
verbal communication; it also transforms written language into an art form
with a venerable past.
Chinese calligraphy (and
its similar forms in Japan and Korea) has long been a source of mystery
to the Western world.
scholars in Europe, for example, saw the pictographic aspect of calligraphy
as a solution to their
own concerns about the shortcomings
of language. Surely, they thought, if language could be anchored in visual
of ideas, it could no longer
be a source of misunderstanding. But again, regardless of the practical
value of calligraphy, the tradition
of writing as an art form
has been rich in spiritual meaning for the Chinese, as well as for the
Japanese and Koreans, and has spawned many aesthetic movements. Click
on the images below for further information about each of the artists.
The opening reception
begins at 6:30pm, Wednesday, November 5, 2003, and is free and open to
||Hyae-bae Kim, winner
of the prestigious Shinsaimdang award in Korea, was a pioneer as a female
intellectual and artist. Her painting and calligraphy reveal her
self-consciousness about her own position in society as well as her reverence
for classical traditions in Chinese and Korean art. Her granddaughter,
Haerin Shin, attends UNC-Chapel Hill and has generously supplied her work
for this exhibit.
||Mary Jo Maraldo’s
work grows out of her many years’ experience living and studying in Japan,
and has been exhibited across the United States. Her avant garde
approach is anchored in the tradition of Japanese abstract sumi art, also
called bokusho, and also inspired by the ancient tortoise-shell scripts
first discovered in China. One of her most dramatic adaptations
of calligraphic arts is to sculpt three-dimensional representations of
Chinese characters, using a variety of materials, including rocks, metal
tubing, and netting.
whose work has been exhibited in Japan and the United States, interprets
the calligraphic arts according to the philosophical tradition of the kana
style, specifically the kana of the Heian period. This style uses
hiragana characters that are derived from Chinese calligraphy, but have
a character that is uniquely Japanese.
||Cong Yuan comes from
an illustrious family of calligraphers and landscape artists in China,
and his work is on permanent display in several museums across the nation.
In his own, reflective approach to the calligraphic and representational
arts, and in his study of European masters, Cong Yuan has experimented
with ways in which he can modify traditional Chinese art forms to suit
“the digital age.”
into Art" is coordinated by Professors Inger Brodey and Jan Bardsley
graduate student curator is Paul Worley
thanks to Randi Davenport, Associate Director, James M. Johnston Center,
for making this exhibit possible.
into Art" has been generously supported by grants from
James M. Johnston Center for Undergraduate Excellence, UNC-Chapel Hill
Studies Institute, Duke University
Asia Center, UNC- Chapel Hill
Curriculum in Comparative Literature, UNC- Chapel Hill
Curriculum in Asian Studies, UNC- Chapel Hill