Johnson Cheung-shing Tsang devotes 50 to 60 hours per week to creating his illusionistic ceramic sculptures, which run the gamut from lyrically beautiful to arrestingly thought provoking.
For Tsang, who was born in 1960 in Hong Kong and still lives there, sculpting is the language in which he can communicate his observations of the world. His porcelain sculptures are about relationships: the relationships among things, between humans and the things around them, and between humans themselves. Ultimately, they are about love, even when on the surface the subject matter might not seem to evoke “love.” To Tsang, love is at the root even of emotions perceived to be negative, such as fear.
Many of Tsang’s pieces are elegant surrealistic representations of struggle—the tension of a bowl that “liquefies,” its edges splashing out; a person pulling off their face as if it is a shirt; babies in uniform—pieces that...