Neither Increasing nor Decreasing – Guanghui Chen

Vajra 金刚杵

Chen Guanghui 陈光辉

Artist Biography

Born 1969 in Shanxi, China
M F A: New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, NY, Alfred
Currently: Faculty and Head of Ceramic Programme at Shanghai University

Major shows:
2019: Korean International Ceramic Biennale
2018: “Ceramics Tomorrow” 60 Faenza Biennial, Italy
2018: Gualdo Tadina Ad hoc 2018, price
2017: “Floating Africa” Solo Exhibition at Assilah Comtemporary Art Center, Morocco
2016; 3rd Purple Gold Prize of Jiangsu Provincial. Gold Prize, Nanjing

1969年 生於山西
2017 “漂浮的非洲”个展。阿西拉当代艺术中心, 摩洛哥
2018: 第60届意大利法恩扎陶艺双年展
2018: 意大利Gualdo Tadino陶艺展
2019: 第13届全国美展, 中国美术馆
2019 第五届韩国国际陶艺双年展,优秀奖 韩国光州美术馆

Artist Statement

“The vajra pestle is a magic tool, but does the magic power of the magic tool exist? If there is no master, can the magic tool exist alone? Both answers of “yes” or “no” will bring up questions from one way to another. Disputes about the right or wrong of the energy of the keepsake and the energy of the people who use the keepsake have always been accompanied by human existence, but the intensity will be enlarged or reduced with time or events. But in today’s society, machines or technology are becoming more powerful than people, and things have become the obvious answer for the giver of Mana. I pay attention to the statistical attitude rather than the result. Countless disputes over the importance of people and things actually pave the way for the emergence of power. The more arguments, the stronger the power, until it is strong enough to be close to the eternity of disappearance.”


Selected Buddhist Object from Chiddingstone Castle

01.1495 Vajra

Vajra (thunderbolt sceptre), bronze. Tibet, 19th century.

Length: 13.5cm

A vajra is a key symbol in Vajrayana Buddhism, practiced in the Himalayas and East Asia. It is a ritual object that derives from ancient Indian literature, as the sceptre or weapon of the god of thunder and war, Indra. Along with the bell and the string of prayer beads, it is one of the three key ritual objects of Vajrayana Buddhism. The vajra is commonly translated as the ‘thunderbolt’ or ‘diamond-bolt’ sceptre. It can often be seen held in the hand of wrathful deities, such as Vajrapāṇi, whose fierce appearance signifies that they are the protectors of Buddhism.

“String of life” photo collage


photo mixed by Wang Lu