Beijing, China (PRWEB) July 17, 2014
The Opposite House is pleased to present “Analytical Carpentry: Timber is Alive," a collection of woodcarvings by Liaoning artist, Sen Ye. The exceptional wood craftsmanship can be viewed at the hotel’s Atrium from now until September 2014.
“Analytical Carpentry: Timber is Alive” debuted in 2009 with Analysis No. 03, which is made from the middle section of what was once a log, carved into a continuous three-meter-long (10 ft) wooden chain that extends to the original length of the log. It is said that the piece hanging at the top is approximately the weight of a man.
Seated China – West depicts the idea that there’s harmony between the East and the West because of humanity’s shared origins. It also demonstrates the manifestation of cultural difference through the stylistic distinction between a Ming dynasty official government chair, and a Victorian-era palace chair. A whole large block of log was carved to make the two chairs, to which the armrests and footrests are connected by long and continuous carved wooden chains.
A Craftsman’s Analysis of a Chair showcases a Ming Dynasty government official’s chair, hand-carved from a whole-log using intricate woodcarving techniques. The chair is connected to the log by a series of unbroken chains.
The final piece of the art installation series is The Blind, which resembles an ancient scroll painting and is composed of a horizontal log that has been hand-carved using various techniques to create a 10-meter-long (33 ft) chain.
“Over the years of observing traditional carpentry and different carving techniques, I have realized that timber is alive. I felt compelled to use handling timber as a tool for experimenting and have found that one can present timber’s beauty and capacity through analyzing its material and potential,” said Sen Ye.
“We invite you to visit our Atrium to view Sen Ye’s fine craftsmanship. His work has proven what a vibrant carpenter he is. He cleverly explores the hidden strengths of wood; the chairs on display are fascinating yet functional. The Opposite House changes its art installation every quarter throughout the year, and we look forward to showcasing the next installation in October,” says Peter Wynne, Area General Manager of Swire Hotels Beijing.
Curated by Red Gate Gallery
Red Gate Gallery was founded in 1991 by Brian Wallace who has been at the forefront of Chinese contemporary art. Situated in the Ming Dynasty Watchtower at Dongbianmen, Beijing, the gallery has been acknowledged as one of the top galleries in Asia by BLOUIN ARTINFO in 2013. Red Gate is also extending its international network to provide more exposure for local artists to have the chance to be internationally recognized.
About The Opposite House
The Opposite House is located in Taikoo Li Sanlitun — a vibrant new open-plan shopping, dining and entertainment destination developed by Swire Properties. The hotel’s 99 guest studios include 9 spacious suites and a penthouse duplex with a 240 sqm roof terrace. More than half of all the studios are over 70 sqm and all are strikingly simple with natural wooden floors and subtle touches of Chinese décor.
About Swire Hotels
Swire Hotels has been created to manage intriguing urban hotels in Hong Kong, Mainland China and the United Kingdom, providing a characterful experience for travelers who seek individuality, style and personalized service.
The Opposite House, Beijing, opened in 2008 and was followed by The Upper House, above Pacific Place, Hong Kong, in October 2009. The Temple House will open in Q4, 2014 in Chengdu.
Swire Hotels opened a 345-room lifestyle hotel called EAST, Hong Kong in Hong Kong’s Island East, on January 2010. EAST, Beijing with 369 rooms, located within INDIGO in Jiangtai, opened in September 2012. EAST, Miami, offering 263 rooms and 89 serviced apartments, will open in Brickell City Centre in Q4 2015.
Swire Hotels has launched a new collection of locally inspired and stylish hotels in the heart of great British towns and cities called Chapter Hotels. The first hotel in the collection, The Montpellier Chapter, Cheltenham opened in 2010. The second hotel, The Magdalen Chapter, Exeter opened in June 2012.