Left to right: Song Dong, Song ErRui, and Yin Xiuzhen. Image courtesy of the Philadelphia Art Alliance.
The Philadelphia Art Alliance's (PAA) Center-funded exhibition, The Way of Chopsticks by Song Dong and Yin Xiuzhen, is featured in the online newspaper Artdaily, the Huffington Post, and Philly.com's new Art Attack section.
Artdaily writes that the exhibition, which revolves around the husband-and-wife team's practice of completing sets of chopsticks built according to pre-set frameworks, but designed and built in isolation, is an exploration of life in modern Chinese society through a "familial, cultural and generational perspective". The artists have also collaborated with their 11-year-old daughter, Song ErRui, to explore the recent and "significant cultural shift toward a nation of individuals, using a domestic setting to explore (the) complex ideas". "The PAA had never shown contemporary Chinese art before, and neither Song Dong nor Yin Xiuzhen, whose work speaks so powerfully to everyday experience and domestic life, had ever shown their work in the context of a former residence like the Wetherill Mansion before", says Philadelphia Art Alliance senior curator, Sarah Archer. Read more >
In the Huffington Post, Priscilla Franks notes that "trust, teamwork and individuality are at the core of the chopstick philosophy, yet over the years new ideas have emerged from the familiar artist motif." Song Dong and Yin Xiuzhen have been creating the chopsticks for over 12 years, during which time they have been seen at four exhibitions, "delving into the various philosophical and sociological ideas embodied in the everyday eating utensils." Read more >
Amanda V. Wagner of Art Attack explores 11-year-old Song ErRui's contribution to the exhibition, noting that "there has been a significant change (from past showings)—a third chopstick. Song ErRui's chopstick sits in between her parents' covered in dog hair she collected from the family pet. The piece within itself represents individuality, a product of modernity, which juxtaposes the China that her parents once knew." Read more >
The Way of Chopsticks is funded by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage and is on view at the Philadelphia Art Alliance through December 29, 2013.