READ WANG KEPING"S INTERVIEW WITH 文匯报 (CHINESE NEWSPAPER)Wang Keping15 Jan,2013|ARTIST'S NEWS

 English Translation:


Leading Chinese contemporary artist and one of the founding members of the 1979 Beijing avant-garde group The Stars (Xing Xing) Wang Keping is showcasing 24 never seen before works in his major exhibition “Wood Flesh Form Nothingness”. The sculptures mark the continuing evolution of Wang Keping’s technique and exploration of the human form. Erotic and inviting, they convey a highly sensual representation of the female body, of man and woman, mother and child.
 
Q: What are the characteristics of these never seen before works?
A: Simple and natural. It takes several years for the wood to be dried and form the cracks. The exhibition is showcasing the a selection of works I have done in recent years. They have better quality and more simple and natural.
 
Q: What kind of art you would like to present when crafting the wood into human form?
A: Body, especially female body. This is the most important theme for sculptures over thousands of years. I am easily inspired by wood with natural forms. I can be inspired from the observation of their growth and the curve of their branches. I cut, craft and polish them into human breasts, body and hair by following the contours of the wood.
 
Q: Any thoughts throughout the process of crafting human body?
A: Female is the most beautiful and enchanting thing in the world. It is hard for an sculptor not to be interested in female body. I craft and touch the wood and I can feel that they are talking to me. Wood is like human body. Some parts are harder and some parts are softer. You need to follow the “personality” of the wood and she will then become very cooperative. To me, crafting a woman does not simply equal to copying a female body. Its more about creating a presentation of female.  Its more about the concept but the physical form. To create unique works is my ambition.


Synopsis:
Leading Chinese contemporary artist and one of the founding members of the 1979 Beijing avant-garde group The Stars (Xing Xing) Wang Keping is showcasing 24 never seen before works in his major exhibition “Wood Flesh Form Nothingness”. The sculptures mark the continuing evolution of Wang Keping’s technique and exploration of the human form. Erotic and inviting, they convey a highly sensual representation of the female body, of man and woman, mother and child.
 
Q: What are the characteristics of these never seen before works?
A: Simple and natural. It takes several years for the wood to be dried and form the cracks. The exhibition is showcasing the a selection of works I have done in recent years. They have better quality and more simple and natural.
 
Q: What kind of art you would like to present when crafting the wood into human form?
A: Body, especially female body. This is the most important theme for sculptures over thousands of years. I am easily inspired by wood with natural forms. I can be inspired from the observation of their growth and the curve of their branches. I cut, craft and polish them into human breasts, body and hair by following the contours of the wood.
 
Q: Any thoughts throughout the process of crafting human body?
A: Female is the most beautiful and enchanting thing in the world. It is hard for an sculptor not to be interested in female body. I craft and touch the wood and I can feel that they are talking to me. Wood is like human body. Some parts are harder and some parts are softer. You need to follow the “personality” of the wood and she will then become very cooperative. To me, crafting a woman does not simply equal to copying a female body. Its more about creating a presentation of female.  Its more about the concept but the physical form. To create unique works is my ambition.