Beijing View, Gretz Gallery, Melbourne, Australia, August 2010
Artists: Zhang Hongkuan
Chart Anne Graham & Tony Scott, William Wright, Sydney, August 2012
Both artists also take the human body as their principal subject matter. Tony explores the mechanisms of the body, its failures and various kinds of medical intervention and instrumentation from the modern scientific repertoire but also traditional healing tools including charts and models related to acupuncture points. Anne often deals with grooming, ornamentation and covering for the body even on occasion felting costumes from animal hair. She uses instruments connected to hair care and has a spectacular collection of combs and related wooden shapes. Her interest extends to related forms such as tools for housework and gardening including brushes, picks, shovels and rakes.
Tony Bond Sydney August 2012.
Drawing Dust, Red Gate Gallery, Beijing, 2010
Artists: Martin King, Damian Smith, Karen Casey, Jayne Dyer, Jill Orr, Catherine Woo, Tony Scott
Kitsch & Kinky, Front Line Contemporary, Shanghai, 23 October – 3 November
Artists; Liu Zhuoquan, Huang Xu, Wayne Warren, Deng Yifu, Jayne Dyer
The artists use the readymade, transformed more or less into another language and presented as quirky, witty commentaries on contemporary life. Modification of the utilitarian function of the ready-made/found object to express an artistic concept is nothing new – post Duchamp. These artists adopt a socio-cultural transformative premise which reflects contemporary values – environmental issues, consumerism, materialism, conservation of heritage, personal and cultural identity.
俗气&古怪, Front Line Contemporary, Shanghai
Reg Newitt Curator
Hu Qinwu – New Abstraction from China, Stella Downer Fine Art, Sydney 2010
There are enormous canvases with subtle layers of colour – in some works rich reds and blues lie underneath the greys, blacks and whites of the grid of dots. Recently, however, he has removed colour almost entirely in favour of a subtle muted palette of greys. He doesn’t want too many elements occupying the surface – there is an increasing simplicity and purity in these works.
They are at once abstract and not abstract, meditative pieces which evoke the colour field works of Mark Rothko in their power to engulf and immerse the viewer.
Luise Guest interviewed Hu Qinwu in his Beijing studio on March 24, 2011
Power Nests – Zhang Hong Kuan, Artereal Gallery Sydney, 6- 30 July 2011
Two Voices, Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane, Australia, 25 September 2009
Artists: Gonkar Gyatso, Huang Xu