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Neither Increasing nor Decreasing – Lu Bin


Lu Bin 陆斌

Artist Biography

LU Bin, born in Beijing in 1961, graduated from the Craft Art Department of Nanjing University of the Arts (NUA) in 1988. Professor in the Design School of NUA. IAC member.

“LU Bin’s sculptural strategy is to ask questions as it is to offer answers or connections. His work is the result of finding. Clearly, it is an exceptional example of making as intelligence. Artists make things to understand, to analyze, to study, to discover. LU Bin’s ceramic sculptures are manifestations of his keen ability to intuit a reflection of the moment – the Chinese moment, the Chinese now. LU Bin’s work probes. It structures uncertainty. His work charts seemingly different courses but at its center LU Bin’s sculpture is all a dissertation on the ancient context of mankind, as gravity, as earth, landscape, architecture – as time honored place, With fired clay as his foil, he introduces us to elements of life in the present…

“LU Bin’s sculpture reflects life experiences. It is made in unity with the philosophy by which his life is lived. Changing and dynamic, it is refreshingly free of formula. It is work purely driven by necessity. It is making as intelligence. LU Bin is a vital force – a critical voice in the unfolding of a new Chinese ceramic art…”

(USA) Wayne Higby, ceramic artist, IAC Vice President

1988年毕业于南京艺术学院工艺美术系。1998年建立深圳雕塑院陶艺工作室。现为南京艺术学院设计学院教授、联合国教科文组织陶艺协会会员 ( IAC ) 、中国美术家协会会员,



Artist Statement

Lu Bin’s disintegrating oracle bones evokes his concerns for a society that appears to have forgotten its origins. Echoing Marx, Lu Bin understands the impossibility of human beings changing their world into a more human world, and the self-preserving inertia of the world they are trying to change. Human life, the source of all meaning, and free consciousness encounters the sheer weight of socio-political circumstances that not only resist this freedom but threatens to turn human actions into inhuman results. Hence the artist’s recourse to the Compassion Mantra. In Buddhism, compassion is a natural extension of understanding and wisdom. According to Buddha, if you light a lamp for somebody, it will also brighten your path.
[1] Marx, Karl. The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte. Chicago: Charles H. Kerr, 1907.

Wendy Gers (French)

⑴      卡尔·马克思《路易·波拿巴的雾月十八日》载于1852年在纽约出版的《革命》杂志第1期

Selected Buddhist Object from Chiddingstone Castle

01.1590 Stupa

Stupa (monument which holds relics of the Buddha), gilt bronze containing a painted image of the Buddha. Tibet, 18th century.

Height: 17.5cm, Width: 11cm

A stupa is a monument or container for relics of the Buddha. After the Buddha Shakyamuni’s death in ancient India, his body was cremated, and the remains were divided up amongst his followers and interred in large stupas. Buddhist practitioners walk around stupas, which are sacred sites, as part of their meditation practice. Sponsoring the creation of a small stupa is believed to bring good karma. This elaborately carved and gilded stupa contains a tiny painted image of the Buddha. It may also contain a relic or sacred materials. It would have been donated as an offering to a temple or placed on a shrine in the home.

Great Mercy Mantra-1


Earthenware& Porcelain
Oxidation Fired to 1200℃