Posts Tagged ‘Gallery 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art’

Zhang Rui’s One Year at 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art

In 2007 young artist Zhang Rui, then newly graduated from the Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts, was one of 1001 Chinese citizens selected by Ai Weiwei through his blog to participate in his project Fairytale for Documenta 12. The experience proved to be a transformative one. Her body of work One Year is showing at Sydney’s 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art. Small works, painted with[…..]

What the Birds Knew

Ken and Julia Yonetani, ‘Crystal Palace: The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of all Nuclear Nations (USA), 2012 , 2.1 X 1.6 metres, Chandelier frames, UV lights, electric components and uranium glass beads  Courtesy of the artists, Artereal Gallery, Sydney and GV Art, London  Photography: Zan Wimberley

In Kurosawa’s 1955 movie ‘I Live in Fear’ Toshiro Mifune plays an aging industrialist so frightened of a nuclear attack on Japan that he tries to move his entire family to Brazil, far away from radioactive fallout. If the birds knew what was coming, he says, they would fly away in terror. His children have him committed to a psychiatric institution. The alternative title for[…..]

Alchemy in Reverse: He Xiangyu’s ‘Cola Project’

Cola Project, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art,He Xiangyu

There are numerous contemporary works in which the artists’ choice of physical ‘matter’ contains within it their intended meaning. Xu Bing’s poignant ‘Where the Dust Itself Collects’ made from dust collected in the streets of Manhattan after the destruction of the twin towers falls into this category, as does Marc Quinn’s self-portrait made of 9 pints of the artist’s own frozen blood. Sydney artist Shoufay Derz[…..]