4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art Members Exhibition 2012 Review

After a hard day at work, there is nothing more relaxing than to unwind at an art exhibition. I usually find myself going along to exhibitions on my own. I’m not sure if it’s so I feel I can concentrate better or go at my own pace or that I just find it very calming. It kinda feels like the stresses of the world just float away.

Although I have whizzed past this Centre a million times on the tram, I must admit, this is the first time I’ve been to this Artist Centre. It’s a great place for artists spread their wings and engage in their art practice. In their about page, it says “we believe that Asian cultural thinking will have an important impact on the future. 4A’s aim is to ensure contemporary visual art plays a central role in understanding the dynamic relationship between Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.”

I won’t mention every piece I saw since it’s all so much better in the flesh, but here are a couple that really stood out for me.

The image above The Gobi Desert is one of the first you see when you enter. Aesthetically it’s quite beautiful. This is quite powerful in person and makes you wonder what’s behind the story. Who is she bowing to? Is the sand burning her feet? How long has she been there? Quite thought provoking really.

So I was so busy interacting with Letters that I forgot to take a photo – but above is a recreation of it. It was a book made up entirely of QR codes. Just awesome. I loved the concept behind this medium: asking you to be inquisitive, touch, play and discover.

The work in the centre is Neo-Tang Pony. I just wanted to touch and play with the ceramic pony. I’d like to think that the artist liked playing with the idea that making a plaything out of a fragile material and the emotions that it can elicit.

The work on the right, Puss Puss, well this is pretty much self explanatory 🙂

On the left, Peacock Memories. I enjoyed the subtle use of rusted corrugated iron and wax with intricate designs, peacock inspired designs.

In the centre, Map. Uses both graphite and screen printing to create a map that looks like it has face buried within the image.

On the far right, My Thin Faces No 8.I loved the colours and use of the playful deity image.

Artists mentioned:

20. Peacock Mememories by Elly Kent
27. The Gobi Desert by Kasane Low
41. Map by Christan Rodriguez
42. Puss Puss by Margarita Sampson
44. Letters by Giselle Stanborough
46. Neo-Tang Pony by Petra Svoboda

If you can make it along over the next couple of days, I’d say it’s worth the visit.

Love, Festival Girl