Niche Construction

Niche Construction

Curated by Guan Wei
Featured artist Chen Yanyin Liu Xiaoxian Nusra Latif Qureshi Tony Scott Cyrus Tang

Niche Construction is an idea borrowed from evolutionary biology. It refers to the process whereby living organisms, through their activities and choices, modify their own and each other’s environment. In the context of culture and art, niche construction is a process in which individuals, although living in a unique and protected space, connect, collaborate, compete, and have an influence on one another.

The artists in this exhibition come from diverse cultural backgrounds and have different living experiences. They come from or have lived in mainland China, Pakistan, and Hong Kong. What they have in common is that they all currently live in Australia and have been influenced by eastern culture. The inevitable clash of cultures fosters the creation by the artist of niches in which their artistic expression can flourish. Importantly the viewers and their interactions with the art, and the impact of the art on the society at large are a vital part of niche construction.

Chen Yanyin, Flower series 1, 2017, ink on Chinese paper, 33x33cm

Chen Yanyin, Flower series 1, 2017, ink on Chinese paper, 33x33cm

Chen Yanyin, Flower series 4, 2017, ink on Chinese paper, 33x33cm

Chen Yanyin, Flower series 4, 2017, ink on Chinese paper, 33x33cm

Cyrus Tang, Lacrimae Rerum – 3939.00 s, 2016, archival pigment print, ed of 5 + 1 A/P, 90x90cm

Cyrus Tang, Lacrimae Rerum – 3939.00 s, 2016, archival pigment print, ed of 5 + 1 A/P, 90x90cm

Cyrus Tang, Lacrimae Rerum -4505.00 s, 2016, archival pigment print, ed of 5 + 1 A/P, 100x100cm

Cyrus Tang, Lacrimae Rerum -4505.00 s, 2016, archival pigment print, ed of 5 + 1 A/P, 100x100cm

Cyrus Tang, The Children Encyclopaedia Vol 5, 2016, Cremated book ashes, book cover and acyclic case, 25x20x22cm

Cyrus Tang, The Children Encyclopaedia Vol 8, 2016, Cremated book ashes, book cover and acyclic case, 25x20x22cm

Liu Xiaoxian, The Great Sydney-Central, 2018, pigment ink on cotton paper, ed of 8, 150x200cm

Nusra Latif Qureshi, QUIET LEAVES-I, 2017, goldleaf and gouache on illustration board, 23.5x17cm

Nusra Latif Qureshi, QUIET LEAVES-II, 2017, goldleaf and gouache on illustration board, 23.5x17cm

Nusra Latif Qureshi, Candy Crush – I, 2018, Gouache and acrylic on illustration board, 18x25cm

Nusra Latif Qureshi, Candy Crush – I, 2018, gouache and acrylic on illustration board, 18x25cm

Tony Scott, Dust Storm - Beijing, 2016, Chinese calendar pages, oil, pigment, wax on board, 19x17cm

Tony Scott, Dust Storm – Beijing, 2016, Chinese calendar pages, oil, pigment, wax on board, 19x17cm

Tony Scott, Flying Home – 1 & 2, 1994–2018, Chinese medical manual pages, oil, pigment, wax on board, 20x20cm

Tony Scott, Flying Home – 1 & 2, 1994–2018, Chinese medical manual pages, oil, pigment, wax on board, 20x20cm

Tony Scott, Flying Home – 3 & 4, 1994–2018, Chinese medical manual pages, oil, pigment, wax on board, 20x20cm

Tony Scott, Flying Home – 3 & 4, 1994–2018, Chinese medical manual pages, oil, pigment, wax on board, 20x20cm

Tony Scott, Journey to Xiamen, 2017, Chinese almanac pages, oil, pigment, wax on Chinese door, 183x43.5cm

Tony Scott, Journey to Xiamen, 2017, Chinese almanac pages, oil, pigment, wax on Chinese door, 183×43.5cm

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