Haze, at 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, is an exhibition by three artists who visited Beijing for the gallery’s inaugural studio program with artist Shen Shaomin. Their works are a testimony to the efficacy of the visit.
Tully Arnot’s light sculpture, Cold Beer Cold Women, takes advertising lighting and transforms it into a sparkling expose.
Meanwhile Jensen’s Tjhung’s New God/False God, focuses on the role of contemporary art in public space. This installation is dominated by two zombie-like mannequins striving for survival, stretching their arms towards a central plinth surrounded by the black flags of political parades.
A stark white contrast is Sarah Contos’ 23 Ming Vases for Little Horse (everything that moves breaks). Her plaster vases juxtapose images of collectable Chinese pottery with the disposable transience of modern life.
Each artist has produced unique contributions that illustrate how their exposure to a different cultural atmosphere enhanced and expanded the creative horizon. (LR)
Until Oct 25, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, 181-187 Hay St, Sydney, free, 4a.com.au