Traditional techniques are somehow remote and abstract to modern life. With “Neighborhood Gallery Series”, SITUATE Architecture intent to merge traditional art Galleries into downtown districts, initiating a dialogue between historical cultural heritage and daily life. Ten Bamboo Studio Gallery is the first project of the series above. Inserted in a chain-hotel, the gallery shares the lounge with the hotel, or is called a “24-hour Gallery”.
Ten Bamboo Studio was founded 400 years ago as a publishing house. It’s wood-block printing technique was inscribed on the National List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of China in 2014. This technique is used as the method of reproducing the masterpiece of artworks and calligraphies with 3 key steps: tracing works, carving blocks and printing pieces.
The core of this technique is that several printing blocks are applied in succession with different inks to achieve the appearance of a hand-painted watercolor.
Inspired by this key procedure, we print these successions on layers of PC sheets in order and combine them into layered installation, communicating the core of the technique.
Ten Bamboo Studio Art Gallery is located in a commercial area where there exists a strong contrast between “the present” (on the busy street) and “the past” (in the Gallery space).
We bridge the present and the past by creating a “time tunnel” in between, a transitional space as entrance hall. In this space, the layered installations showcasing the core of the technique intercross and divide the space, attracting the passengers from the street. Wandering among these installations, people get a clear idea of this technique at a glance, and be curious to go further into the main exhibition hall to explore more of the past.
By making Ten Bamboo Studio Gallery “timeless” and even “boundaryless”, we hope to revitalize the traditional technique with a broader appeal..