Chinese warriors featured in master sculptor's Asia exhibition tour
- POSTED: 30 Sep 2013 01:50
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Award-winning sculptor Ren Zhe has picked Singapore to launch his much-anticipated 2013 Asia Exhibition Tour.
SINGAPORE: An award-winning sculptor has picked Singapore to launch his much-anticipated 2013 Asia Exhibition Tour.
His collection is set to captivate audiences with not just its magnificent designs, but also its sizes.
Chinese Warriors have been brought back to life.
Created by 30-year-old sculpting prodigy Ren Zhe, the pieces are a combination of serene and volatile elements, and reflect inner strength - something the sculptor is very drawn to.
"I like the spirit of the warrior, because the warrior has a lot of strength, and he is full of energy. He has the courage to overcome all difficulties, so I choose the warrior," he said.
Sculpting since he was in high school, Ren Zhe was inspired by the famous terracotta warrior sculptures in China. It inspired him to create his own warriors from the Ching and Han dynasties.
"I use contemporary perspective, perspective from the young as my creative direction, to re-portray the Chinese tradition culture. And coincidentally, stainless steel is a western material, very contemporary and industrialised. I hope to put together the use of this kind of contemporary material, and the Chinese expression to create a new work that is in line with contemporary aesthetic, yet at the same time rich in Chinese culture," he said.
His first exhibition was back in 2011, also in Singapore.
Curators had encouraged him to create more pieces that could bring out the technical aspects of his sculpting. This year's 13 pieces have more details and fine work.
But that's hardly the main thing curators have to deal with.
The weight of a sculpture is a whopping 750 kilogrammes and it takes 15 to 20 men to mount each piece onto its pedestal.
Derek Tse, Director of Hakaren Art Gallery, said: "We are very concerned about safety because (the sculpture) is very huge."
Sculpting the huge pieces is physically challenging for Ren Zhe as he has to stand all day for months.
But his biggest challenge as an artist, he says, is to instil warmth in his icy cold stainless steel sculptures so that his audience can feel the strength and emotions of his warriors.
The exhibition is open to the public at School Of The Arts until October 5.