Foreshadow

5 Aug - 10 Sep 2016 Guan Wei Yang Xifa Tianli Zu

Foreshadow

Featured artist Guan Wei Yang Xifa Tianli Zu

The word foreshadow, literally before the shadow, can be an early premonition, but can also mean to anticipate, to signal, or to forecast the future. An analogous  Chinese Idiom Wen Gu Zhi Xin means to “study the past if you would predict the future.”

And so Foreshadow subtly captures the theme of this exhibition: understand the past to forecast the future.

The three Australian-Chinese artists in Foreshadow share a cultural heritage and each of them is, in separate ways, envisaging the future. They experiment with different media and forms and yet retain a Chinese sensibility.

For Guan, the past can be depicted in a long scroll landscape painting; for Yang, the past can be reflected in the eroded mirrors and for Zu, the past can be concealed and revealed directly as shadows in her hand paper-cuts. But at the same time, these works convey a sense of impending chaos and uneasiness about the future.

Guan Wei, The Enchantment No.2, 2012, acrylic on linen, 90x48cm

Guan Wei, The Enchantment No.2, 2012, acrylic on linen, 90x48cm

Guan Wei, The Enchantment No.1, 2012, acrylic on linen, 90x48cm

Guan Wei, The Enchantment No.1, 2012, acrylic on linen, 90x48cm

Tianli Zu, Nowa is Pregnant II, 2012, 100% cotton paper, painted with Chinese tea and ink, hand cut, 420x120cm each, 2 units

Tianli Zu, Nowa is Pregnant II, 2012, 100% cotton paper, painted with Chinese tea and ink, hand cut, 420x120cm each, 2 units

Yang Xifa, Boundaries No.2, 2016, mixed media with mirror and paper, 38.5x48.5cm

Yang Xifa, Boundaries No.2, 2016, mixed media with mirror and paper, 38.5×48.5cm

Yang Xifa, Boundaries No.4, 2016, mixed media with mirror and paper, 38.5x48.5cm

Yang Xifa, Boundaries No.4, 2016, mixed media with mirror and paper, 38.5×48.5cm

Tianli Zu, Un-named series II #5, 2016, papercut, 57x40cm

Tianli Zu, Un-named series II #5, 2016, paper cut, 57x40cm

Tianli Zu, Un-named series II #6, 2016, papercut, 57x40cm

Tianli Zu, Un-named series II #6, 2016, paper cut, 57x40cm

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