Moment of "Re"inventing-  "Ideally Speaking"

Moment of "Re"inventing- "Ideally Speaking", white earthenware, cone 04, sanded surface, wood, plastic, and paint, 17" x 20" x 12", 2013

Kwok Pong Tso was born and raised in Hong Kong.  After receiving some education in Hong Kong, he decided to come to the USA to begin exploring the culture while continuing his education.  In 2009 he completed the undergraduate art program at Northwest Missouri State University.  He then worked as a teaching assistant and adjunct instructor in Ceramics at Iowa Central Community College.  After earning his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Iowa in 2013, he went on to teach at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana.  He is now Assistant Professor of Art and head of the Ceramics Department at Northwest Missouri State University.  The concept of his recent work is form which grows out of his curiosity about the relationship between one object to another.

The artist tells us about his work:

"In a world of everything already made, the moment of reinvention consists of taking apart something that is known, to reconstruct something that is unknown.

My recent body of work is a metaphor for me to express the importance of this miscellaneous, compact relationship.

Through reconstruction, I process my work methodically, allowing myself to flow through a predefined process, picking up each part to investigate, look for a new angle, explore the characteristics of different materials, and express their qualities of balance, weight, and texture, whether physical or conceptual.

I hope to enrich this relationship by not only asking the viewer to look closely at the objects, but also disassembling the work of art as it is an unprecedented opportunity to learn more about it in terms of how it was made, and its history."

Kwok-Pong (Bobby) Tso's website

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