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

4A Annual Members Exhibition 2012 | 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art

If you’re looking for an art gig over the next month, why not pop down to 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art for their Annual Members’ Exhibition.

If you are around town tonight, the launch party is happening tonight 22 November from 6-8pm at 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, 181-187 Hay Street, Haymarket (between Pitt and George St)

The exhibition is running over the next week, but you can find more details here.

4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art
181 – 187 Hay Street
Haymarket, Sydney NSW 2000
Tuesday – Saturday 11am – 6pm.


Showcased Review 2012

The very first Showcased was over the weekend and I decided to go along and see what it’s all about. So as I mentioned before, Showcased was organised by the same folks who run the Sydney Style Markets. And although it was a little smaller than the Sydney Style Markets I visited earlier this year, it was nice to see a quality market visit the Parramatta area.

These blingin’ baby tees and sparkle bangles by Mini Bling are certainly a shining attraction. More bling and some pretty, frilly outfits made me really wish I was 3 again. I wonder if they come in adult sizes O_o

Crafts with a Twist has created some blingtastic stools covered in rhinestones – just gorgeous for a little girl (or big girl’s) room.

Remember Ju Ju Creations from the Sydney Style Markets? Well they are back at Showcased with a million adorable bits and pieces for some very special kids.

So cute, I could totes see little Suri wearing these…

Little red slippers, just adorable.

Sunscreen – check, long sleeved shirt – check, summer hat – CHECK!

Yellow, yellow everywhere! How cute are these yellow crochet shoes?

Christmas ruffles from Twirly Girl. Don’t they just make you want to twirl?

Twirly Girl also offers some super cute tees and mountains of colourful, frilly clothes that would make any little girl squeak with delight.

I couldn’t stop drooling over this blue beauty from SJA Accessories.

The gorgeous SJA Accessories creator was showing off some of her new jewellery delights. I mean, how can you not like her stuff – so colourful, so bold – how about one for each new outfit? Boys take note…

Arhhhhhh…colour overload…

oOOohhh just gorgeous.

This was a handmade colourful gem made by the SJA queen herself. Doesn’t it just scream summer?

A secret drawer of goodies.

And my favourite way to end a post is to show the pop up art that’s happening around the event…Yep kinda looks as random as it looks, but doesn’t it look like Tron and the knights of the round table had a fight? So cool…

Until next time,

Love, Festival Girl