In the year 2007, I was invited by the ceramic artist Masamichi Yoshikawa to go to Tokoname. Tokoname is one of the most important ceramic centres of Japan. During the course of this artistic and cultural interchange, I developed the concept of COMING TOGETHER EAST-WEST. By meeting the Chinese artist Lau Kwok Hung (a master of cast metal sculptures and calligraphy), the project was enriched by another dimension.
In 2008, pupils (aged 12 – 18 years) as well as art teachers from seven Tyrolean schools had the opportunity to work with Japanese and Chinese artists in order to implement the art-school-exhibition project COMING TOGETHER EAST WEST, inspired by Japanese and Chinese culture, together. This project was of great benefit to all involved and was also met with lively interest by the public. COMING TOGETHER EAST-WEST focused on the collaboration and cross linking of as many pupils from different Tyrolean schools as possible. A lot of young people had the opportunity to comprehend and experience the meeting of different cultural worlds. Art served as a basis for integration and communication – it became a link for a meeting of Asian and European cultures. Highlights of the project were the two exhibitions: COMING TOGETHER I and COMING TOGETHER II in the foyer of the Imperial Hofburg in Innsbruck (March, April 2008).
C O M I N G T O G E T H E R I
Exhibition of the artists CHIKAKO YOSHIKAWA, MASAMICHI YOSHIKAWA, LAU KWOK HUNG MARGARETA LANGER, ELISABETH MELKONYAN, GABRIELA NEPO-STIELDORF
C O M I N G T O G E T H E R II
Exhibition of the pupils from KATH.BAKIP, KORG Kettenbrücke, HS Kettenbrücke, BORG Innsbruck, BRG APP, BRG für Berufstätige, Meinhardinum Stams
Though ceramic art requires technical, scientific methods, the act of creation is for me an act of prayer.
(Masamichi Yoshikawa, July 2007)
Whether in terms of books or pathways, it is a metaphor for what I like to call a predisposition to be on the go, which is typical for Chinese people, ...
This search becomes manifest in motion and aesthetic discipline, in flowing and rhythmic motions, of which the most sublime expression is calligraphy.
(Lau Kwog Hung, autumn 2006)