Zhang Aiguang, Inheritor of Qingtian Stone Carving: Stones can also bloom “flowers”
Chinanews.com, Hangzhou, June 11 (Reporter Li Dian) On the small stones, the light brown texture outlines the surface of the Wavelan Lake. The middle and upper parts of the stones are carved into a red boat with a leaf and a maple forest. Looking closely at the ship’s hull, the closed ship windows seem to tell people that intense and serious private conversations are taking place inside the ship.
In the Zhejiang Exhibition Hall, “It’s the Prosperity and Prosperity-Thematic Special Exhibition Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Founding of the Communist Party of China” exhibited representative inheritors of national intangible cultural heritage, masters of Chinese arts and crafts, The “Red Boat” work by Zhang Aiguang, a librarian at the Zhejiang Provincial Museum of Literature and History.
“As a literary and artistic worker, I want to commemorate this historic moment with Qingtian stone carvings on the 100th anniversary of the founding of the party.” Zhang Aiguang said.
In 1976, after graduating from high school, Zhang Aiguang began to learn the basic techniques of stone carving such as sawing, chiseling, engraving, carving, and carving, and spent three years practicing the basic skills.
Since then, he has studied under Qingtian stone carving artists Ni Dongfang and Lin Fuzhao, carefully trying to figure out the knife skills, styles, and techniques of his predecessors.
In order to make his works more in-depth, Zhang Aiguang spent more than ten years studying stone carving skills across the country, learning Chinese classical literature, history, fine arts and other knowledge, and integrating with stone carving, making it in the creative process It is more comfortable in China.
Qingtian stone carvings with a history of 1700 years are often taken from local pyrophyllite and are made by craftsmen through several processes such as blanking and carving.
p >Zhang Aiguang’s “Green Water and Green Mountains Are Golden Mountains and Silver Mountains” Photo courtesy of Zhejiang Provincial Museum of Culture and History
How to “live” this traditional technique? In Zhang Aiguang’s view, integrating it into the spirit of the times is the key. “Zhejiang is the place where the red ship of the Chinese revolution started, and it is also the birthplace of the scientific thesis that’green water and green mountains are golden mountains and silver mountains’. Incorporating these contents into stone carving works will immediately make ordinary stones full of historical weight and mission. Feeling.” Zhang Aiguang said.
In addition to the “Red Boat” work, there is another work of his, “Green Water and Green Mountains Are Golden Mountains and Silver Mountains” in the exhibition hall. He told reporters that this work was carved from Ya’an Green, Sichuan. The base part is made of multicolored stones from Qingtian Lingtou. The color is ingeniously carved with high-quality stone materials, and the majestic green mountains and gurgling water are carved out.
“As a stone sculpture artist from Qingtian, Lishui, I have personally experienced the changes brought about by the scientific conclusion that’green water and green mountains are golden mountains and silver mountains’.” Zhang Aiguang said that the stone materials used to make this work were left on hold. For more than ten years in my family, I have been unable to find a suitable subject matter.
In recent years, as the scientific thesis that “green water and green mountains are golden mountains and silver mountains” has been put into practice in Lishui and Zhejiang, Zhang Aiguang has discovered that this red, green, and black stone may be able to express Out of this theme, so began the road of creation.
“Stones can also produce ‘flowers’. In the future, I will continue to create and improve my skills so that Qingtian stone carvings can go abroad and show the world the new changes in China.” Zhang Aiguang looked forward.
According to reports, “It’s the Prosperity and Prosperity-Thematic Special Exhibition Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Founding of the Communist Party of China” is directed by the Propaganda Department of the Zhejiang Provincial Committee of the Communist Party of China, the Party History and Literature Research Office of the Zhejiang Provincial Committee of the Communist Party of China, and the literature and history of Zhejiang Province Co-sponsored by the Research Institute, Zhejiang Painting Academy, and Zhejiang Branch of China News Service, it will be exhibited at the Zhejiang Exhibition Hall from June 3rd to 13th. (End)