Mountain Mist

It is generally accepted opinion that in landscapes there are those through which you may travel, those in which you may sightsee, those through which you may wander, and those in which you may live.
– Kuo Hsi (ca. 1000)

• Looking at Wang Wusheng’s photographs of the Huangshan mountain range in China calls attention to all of the qualities that make Xia Gui the most revered painter of the Southern Song. What Xia Gui saw in the thirteenth century bears a remarkable resemblance to the view today. In Mountain Market, he distills the landscape without leaving behind traces of a style or his skill. The trees and rocks dissolve into mist without emphasizing any spots in particular. His humble perspective allowed him to capture nature as it was and even add depth that doesn’t translate in a photograph.

• Kyle Kirkpatrick’s Imagined Landscapes take a different route by carving old books into mountain ranges.

• Yang Yongliang’s A Bowl of Taipei places the landscape of Taipei in a Chinese porcelain bowl.

• Yukihiro Kaneuchi’s Tiny Landscapes in a Coffee Cup recreate coffee stains, just as sixteenth century tea masters would crack their bowls on purpose to make them look worn.

• Holly Carter’s Pendant is made of sterling silver with a texture that resembles a desert landscape.

• Manos’ Tall Ceramic Bottle has a crackling salmon-colored glaze.

• Christopher Parry’s Pencil Case is lined with decorative paper with a golden umbrella pattern.

• Jenny Pulling’s Ring layers a sterling silver mountain range over a copper sky.

• Katrina Newman’s Ring is made using a cuttlefish cast mold to create a rippling surface.

• Brook Johnson’s Tea Set includes a pitcher, teapot, and two cups with a green and white glaze.