TOURING: Dark Fantasy
NORTHERN CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART (NCCA)
9 OCT – 21 NOV
Exhibition artists: Andy Ewing, Gerald Leung and Louise Zhang
Dark Fantasy plays with the narrative tropes, visual aesthetics and ideologies explored within the umbrella genre of fantasy as a method of navigating the potential crisis of identity. The works of Andy Ewing, Gerald Leung and Louise Zhang are uneasily fantastical, simultaneously drawing upon science fiction, wayang aesthetics, cyberpunk and body horror and personal experiences to construct imaginary scenes of unhinged otherness.
Andy Ewing has worked as an artist, curator, and arts project manager over the past two decades. He undertook formal studies in visual art in Sydney during the late 1980s/early 1990s and soon after held his first solo exhibition in Sydney. Chronic Manageable Conditions represents his first solo exhibition in a public art gallery and a concerted return to his practice after a long hiatus. His curatorial achievements include Monster Pop!, Museum and Art Gallery of the NT, 2015/15 (co-curated with Fiona Carter), and Territorial, NCCA/Canberra Contemporary Art Space, 2007 (co-curated with David Broker). In 2015 Andy was judged overall winner of NCCA’s Members’ show (Milestone) as well as NCCAs Peer Review show.
Gerald Leung (b. Hong Kong SAR, lives and works in Sydney, Australia) is an illustrator and artist based in Sydney Australia. He is best known for his character driven illustration series, “Brutal Brackmetal,” where he tirelessly creates/recruits members for his ever expanding fictional gang.
Born in Hong Kong but raised in Australia, Gerald grew up with a steady diet of comic books, video games and cartoons from both the east and the west. Through these influences he became fascinated by the concept of man-made universes. Imagined worlds not bound by reality or physics, no rules and infinite possibilities. Places that could be so vast and complex but yet only existing in the creator’s mind. Through traditional illustration methods and his love of ink & graphite, Gerald aims to share with the audience an insight to his inner universe.
Gerald has exhibited consistently since 2011 with selected exhibitions including Within the Garden of Earthly Delights (2019), Outre Gallery, Melbourne; SFW (2016), Kong Art Space, Hong Kong; and Arcadia (2015), aMBUSH Gallery, Sydney.
Louise Zhang (b. Sydney, Australia 1991) is a Chinese-Australian artist, whose multidisciplinary practice spans painting, sculpture and installation. Her work negates the space between the attractive and repulsive. With an interest in horror cinema, particularly body horror, Zhang investigates the idea of the visceral as medium, method and symbol in negotiating horror as art form.
Louise Zhang completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours (First Class) at the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales in 2013, before recently completing a Masters of Fine Arts by research at UNSW Art + Design in 2016. Since 2012, Louise Zhang has been invited to exhibit as part of curated exhibitions including: Closing the Distance (2017), Bundoora Homestead Art Centre; Ereignis (2016), Cessnock Regional Gallery, Cessnock; From Old Ground (2015), Bathurst Regional Art Gallery; Work, rest, PLAY! (2015), Hawkesbury Regional Gallery; Right Here, Right Now (2015), Penrith Regional Art Gallery; Biggie Smalls (2015), Casula Powerhouse and Chinese Whispers (2014), Goulburn Regional Art Gallery. Louise has also collaborated on projects with institutions such as the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (who invited her to curate MCA Art Bar in January 2017) and 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art (who commissioned Louise to create a work as part of their 2017 Chinese New Year program).
Dark Fantasy was originally exhibited at 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art in 2019.
Dark Fantasy is presented in 2020 by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney in partnership with Northern Centre for Contemporary Art, Darwin.