Shandong Contemporary Art
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One of Jinan’s many world-class universities is ChinaVine partner school Shandong University of Art and Design. The university focuses on studying and preserving the myriad of ancient traditional folk arts of the region through its Folk Art Institute, while also encouraging the development of cutting edge modern artists through its extensive art departments. Many of the young artists in attendance at the university have decided to embrace their cultural heritage and adopt many of these folk traditions as inspiration for their modern art pieces. This is a collection of selected works from students at the Shandong University of Art and Design with texts describing the history and tradition behind each piece.

 

Brightly colored bamboo clappersName: Shandong in Safety
Designer: Zhang Peiyuan (2005 graduate of SUAD graphic design school)
Material: Bamboo clappers and traditionally dyed cloth
Meaning: This design uses a traditional Shandong opera performance instrument (bamboo clappers) and traditionally dyed cloth. On the red cloth are two traditional elements, the “flying phoenix” and “peony” patterns. Peonies signify luck, safety, wealth, and happiness, while the phoenix means “flying high.” The whole design looks like a Chinese character “ren”, meaning that people are the most important aspect in building a safe Shandong.

 

 

 

Burnt wood and Chinese letteringName: New Book on the Iron Wood
Designer: Sun Jianhui and Zhao Shichao (2006 graduates of SUAD fine art school)
Material: Wood and nails
Meaning: Chinese calligraphy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Installation of engraved blocksName: Installation Design
Designer: Wang Ruiqing (SUAD Teacher)
Material: Resin
Meaning: This work employs traditional Chinese woodblock New Year’s paintings which can also be used in modern life as decorations.

 

 

 

 

 

Four silver and ebony face masksName: Face Decoration (handicraft design)
Designer: Jiang Xiao (2006 graduate of SUAD modern handicraft design school)
Material: Silver
Meaning: Face masks used by Chinese minority groups.

 

 

 

Copper lotus-shaped bowlName: Copper Plate (handicraft design)
Designer: Jiang Xiao (2006 graduate of SUAD modern handicraft design school)
Material: Copper
Meaning: This piece employs a traditional lotus pattern.





Bound book with cover and claspName: Deep Red Door (book binding design)
Designer: Zhang Peiyuan (2005 graduate of SUAD graphic design school)
Material: Wood
Meaning: This covers the book in the shape of a typical traditional Chinese door, and has New Year’s woodblock paintings on it. This design gives people feelings of happiness, luck, and safety.

 

 

 

Shallow copper bowl with dragon patternName: Containers (handicraft design)
Designer: Song Jingang (2006 graduate of SUAD modern handicraft design school)
Material: Copper
Meaning: This piece uses a traditional dragon pattern.

 

 

 

Woodblock painting of food bowlsName: Lucky and Wealthy Dumplings (poster design)
Designer: Qu Yunyun (2006 graduate of SUAD graphic design school)
Meaning: This piece employs the traditional woodblock New Year’s painting “Have Fish Every Year”. The pronunciation of “fish” is the same as the pronunciation of “surplus” in Chinese,. This means the food in the home will not be eaten up, but there will be surplus. This is a lucky and wealthy design.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brightly colored screen with baby boys, animals and flowersName: Happy Children (inlaid enamel screen design)
Designer: Chen Xiuhua (2007 graduate of SUAD modern handicraft design school)
Material: Inlaid enamel
Meaning: This work employs a folk papercut pattern called “Baby Boy Born in the Lotus”. In this design, a baby boy is seated in a lotus. In Chinese, the pronunciation of “lotus” is the same as the pronunciation of “continuous”. The meaning of this pattern is that baby boys will be born continuously. In traditional Chinese folk culture, having more babies means having more good luck.

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