◉The Launching of Chinese Contemporary Art Tasmania Inc. / 塔斯马尼亚”中国当代艺术协会” 揭幕活动
Time: 24 Oct. 2018, 5.00pm – 7.30pm
Location: Contemporary Art Tasmania 27 Tasma St, North Hobart TAS 7000.
Chinese Contemporary Art Tasmania Inc. (CCAT INC) was officially Launched by the Minister for the Arts (Tasmania) the HON. Elise Archer MP at Contemporary Art Tasmania (CAT) on the 24th Oct 2018. Other honourable guests were the Leader of the Opposition (Tasmania) the HON. Rebecca White MP, the Rt Hon Lord Mayor of Hobart Alderman Ron Christy, the Mayor of Clarence Alderman Doug Chipman, Alderman Bill Harvey of Hobart City Council and Leading scholars in Chinese Contemporary Art Prof Dr Paul Gradston and his wife Dr Lynne Gradston.
The president of CCATINC, Chen Ping and Prof Dr Paul Gradston delivered the speeches.
The launch was well received and supported by the Tasmanian art community, among the attending representatives were Chair of CAT Mr Elvio Brianese, Director of CAT Mr Michael Edwards, Director of Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery Ms Janet Carding, Director of Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery Ms Tracy Puklowski, and CEO of Salamanca Arts Centre Mr Joe Bugden.
◉Cultural Event：Photography of Henan Excellent Folk Custom ／ “中原古韵”河南民俗摄影文化交流
Time: 25th July at 3:30 - 5:00
Address:Lord Mayor's Court Room,Town Hall, Hobart
◉Exhibition at China Cultural Centre | Sydney, Starting from 15th to 31th of May, 2019 / 悉尼中国文化中心和塔斯马尼亚当代艺术协会联合主办“中为西用”-塔斯马尼亚当代艺术家作品展
◉ Exhibition of the “China Translated “is opening!
Curator: Dr. Llewellyn Negrin
There has been a longstanding fascination with Chinese culture in the West. This reached a crescendo during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries when large numbers of artefacts from China including porcelain, textiles, wallpapers and furniture began to be imported into Europe. While very few Europeans up until this time had experienced China first hand, ever since the publication of The Travels of Marco Polo in the early fourteenth century, there had developed an abiding conception in the European imagination of China (or Cathay as it was then known) as an exotic, remote country fabled for its dazzling riches that was swathed in mystery.
This fascination with all things Chinese spurred many European designers and craftsmen in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries to emulate the designs found on the imported Chinese artefacts, giving rise to a style that came to be known as chinoiserie. However, while Europeans were intrigued by the alien beauty of Chinese-styled artefacts, at the same time, this infatuation largely reproduced rather than challenged stereotypical views of China as an exotic and strange land. With chinoiserie, the enigmatic otherness of Chinese culture was perpetuated while also being made more palatable for European consumers.
Western artists encountering Chinese culture today, do so under very different circumstances than their seventeenth and eighteenth century counterparts. Less a country shrouded in mystery, Westerners now have a greater understanding of China’s long and varied cultural traditions and systems of belief. This exhibition focuses on the work of a number of Tasmanian artists who have engaged with aspects of Chinese culture, and who, through such an encounter, have created works productive of new insights into their own culture as well as into contemporary issues more broadly.
Some of these artists have revisited seventeenth and eighteenth chinoiserie, referencing ceramic, textile and wallpaper patterns from this tradition to reflect on the nature of cultural transmission and displacement more generally. Others have drawn on Chinese traditions of calligraphy and paper cutting, transposing these into a new context to address issues of contemporary relevance such as our relationship with nature, war, the dangers of mass data surveillance and consumerism.
Also included in this dialogue between Tasmanian artists and Chinese culture is the work of artists of Chinese origin now living in Tasmania. While approaching Chinese culture from a different perspective than their non-Chinese counterparts, they are equally involved in the process of re-interpreting Chinese culture in the different context in which they find themselves. Borrowing motifs and craft techniques derived from Chinese culture, they employ these as avenues to negotiate a new relationship with their adopted culture.
In all cases then, the artists are involved in a process of translation whereby aspects of Chinese culture are given a new voice in a situation very different from their original context. As this exhibition makes clear, ‘translation’ is never about capturing the ‘original’ or ‘authentic’ meaning of another culture but always inevitably involves a transformation of meaning in the new context. The issue is how can such processes be productive of new insights rather than reproducing traditional stereotypes and preconceived assumptions.
Works of part artists
◉Unknown Fire - Ceramics Exhibition
Academy of classical learning of Song Pin, which sponsor with tea and book, holding a ceramic exhibition - Unknown Fire last week, where the Academy is located at Hangzhou of China. This place is a new developing creative art park which has attracted diversity artist gathering here. Many new events and stuffs are hold or happened from artist or artistic curators in the place.
Several artist present a new series of ceramics works in the exhibition. A Senior lecturer, Mr. Sun Xuejun, teaching at school of ceramics department of China Academy of Fine Arts, give a simple opening speech and congratulation for this show. He also introduced the different requirement of pottery and porcelain, especially, and identified how to control the duration and degree of heating under the fire or wood fire. In this show, Some of works depended on artist experience but some depend on the chance while the fire working condition and burn progression.
Mr. Sun Xuejun show me how to appreciation the series of works at exhibition hall on the openning day. The exhibition is opening till 20th Dec. 2018.
◉Inheritance and Exploration
The city of Hangzhou, Capital of Zhejiang
Capital City of Zhejiang Province
A famous art university - China Academy of Fine Arts, located at the beautiful scenery area of west lake. This city is not far away to Shanghai, which is only 45mins by high train from eastern train station of Hangzhou. This city is a parade city which called by Chinese, another city is Suzhou.
Please see the video of the city of Hangzhou:
Art and Design department faculty of Shuren university is welcoming artist who are working at the visual arts or graphic designer, coming communication, such as academic, workshop, studio research, project cooperation each other, work exhibition and so on.
China Academy of Art(CAA), opening at the moment, only focus on the area of Print Making department where at the 218 Nanshan Rd, CBD of Hangzhou city.
Both above universities only accepts workshop or academic activities at stage. Artist exchange or delivery are available , duration around one or two weeks.
The City of Huang Shan in China
Yu Liang Art Gallery鱼梁美术馆
Artist will exhibit their works in this gallery
Yong Sheng Cultural and Artistic developing limit company located at the City of Yellow Mountain, Shexian, An Hui province. This partner as one of Residencies in China will accept our artists who are sent and selected by CCATinc. The residence will offer creative studio, meeting room, art gallery to our artist who are living in there. The residence will also provide some services for artist to study on the field of Chinese traditional painting of landscape and flower or birds project, such as Huang Binhong institution of follower and birds, Print making studio of Xin An painting form etc. The residence had set up a frame studio where crafters will support our artist to finish their final works and then to exhibit in the art gallery. all facility of living in is good condition and convince for residential artists during stay at the place.
Nearby scenery- yellow mountain
This residency is nearby the famous scenery, which called Yellow Mountain or Mountain Huang Shan. It is the most beautiful mountain in China, which admired by Chinese landscape painter, and Mt Huang Shan also is an excellent natural place that will motivate inspiration to artists.
Please see a video link of Yellow Mountain: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vinlgznUa58
Surrounding Ancient villages of Ming and Qing dynasty
This residency also collect a traditional building, a huge house of Qing dynasty, moved nearby from an ancient building block country and then rebuild it as original house. According to the number order which makes on the each wood before the huge house dismantled, you will feel Chinese wisdom of ancient dwelling through the Chinese traditional architecture.
Please see a video link of ancient villages of Hui-style: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrP8JTOyEIs