On Wednesday 15 February from 3-6pm, the Australia Council for the Arts will be hosting a small celebration for 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art’s current exhibition on display in the foyer of the Australia Council.
The exhibition presents a selection of emerging, mid-career and established artists including Eric Bridgeman, Will French, Shen Shaomin, Cyrus Tang, Jason Wing and Soo Joo Yoo who examine the shifting cultural alignments between Asia and Australia.
4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art’s curatorial approach has been to look at shifts in contemporary visual arts practice due to the increased mobility of ideas, skills and exchanges that occur within the vast socio-cultural networks of Asia and Australia. The artists’ work in this exhibition reflect these shifts. No longer is identity articulated simply from a position of cultural background and migration. It is also formed through technology, history, globalisation, economy, industry and the accumulation of cultural knowledge.
If you are in the area we hope you will join us for a drink. There will be brief talks about the show by curator Samuel Zammit and some of the participating artists.
The exhibition continues until 21 March 2012. The opening Hours for this exhibition are 8.30-5.30 Monday – Friday.
4A Exhibition at the Australia Council
4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art exhibition at the Australia Council
Venue: Foyer of the Australia Council
Address: 372 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills, Sydney
Opening Hours: 8.30-5.30 Monday – Friday
14 May – 25 June 2011
Three solo exhibitions by emerging artists, Shalini Jardin, Tracy Luff, and Cyrus Tang explore the transformative potential of diverse materials including human hair, cardboard and living protozoa. By manipulating these sometimes strange materials, the artists question the fragility of self, family, and the value systems which define ourselves and others.
Sydney based artist, Shalini Jardin, includes live protozoa which interact with images of her own drawings. Based on her readings of vedic texts, these delicately rendered drawings of hybrid human and animal combinations have been scaled down to fit on microscopic slides onto which droplets of living protozoa are added. The installation presents a large-scale projection of these living beings engaging with Jardin’s drawings. The work is playful, and the audience experiences the chaotic interaction between real and constructed forms. Jardin creates a microscopic view of how human, animal and non-animal entities interact and influence our values and belief systems.
Based in Goulburn, Tracy Luff transforms the mundane material of cardboard into beautiful otherworldly objects and environments. Her large-organic forms are both familiar and strange, and enable Luff to transcribe her personal experiences into an environment that an audience can literally walk through. On first arriving to Australia from Malaysia and moving to NSW, Luff became immediately aware of the difference in flora and landscape. Her cardboard forms are in part an emotional response to the constantly changing social, emotional and natural landscapes surrounding her.
Born in Hong Kong and now working in Melbourne, Cyrus Tang’s object-based works usually self-destruct over time due to the fragility of their material. For her exhibition at 4A, includes Momentary Gleam, a length of hair made from combining strands of her family’s hair with her own. Hair is seen as both abject and protecting, and sometimes sexual. It also continues to grow after death whilst the rest of the body begins to perish and decay. Tang’s use of hair is a way to connect with her own family – to understand their separation over distance and the complex emotional ties that bind them. To the artist, this is a symbolic process of purification. Once removed from the solution, the residue hardened around the 4-metre strand of hair forming a jewel-like encasing.