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    Posted November 8, 2012 by
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    Life in China

    Inside an artist's studio, Beijing

    I was recently invited to the studio of Chinese artist Sui Jianguo to oversee and document the dismantling of his Dream Stone sculpture. Sui, professor and head of the Department of Sculpture at the Central Academy of Fine Arts, is widely regarded as among the leading sculptors in China today. Located well outside the 5th ring in Beijing, his studio is tucked away in a sparsely populated area of old factory buildings, warehouses and, oddly enough, wooded parcels of land.

    Inside the studio I got an intimate look at Sui’s creative process. He walked slowly, with his hands in his pockets, casually observing his assistants as they focused on various assignments. One was putting finishing touches on the surface of a giant fiberglass sculpture, another was meticulously rendering in clay a scaled up model of a pebble found by Sui in Shanghai, while yet another was pouring blue paint over a mysterious object connected to an even more mysterious armature. Everywhere I looked there were great compositions of objects and art- calipers on the wall next to a target, an old portable radio on the table next to a small sculpture of a discuss thrower, groupings of figures stacked on wooden crates… It was difficult to determine where the studio stopped and the art began. Before I knew it, I was completely absorbed in Sui Jianguo’s enigmatic and contemplative world of art, life and creativity.
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