00:00 to 07:00
Level 1, 151 Castlereagh Street, Sydney, NSW, Australia
FROM 20-03-15 TO 11-04-15
Time & Date: 10am-1pm 2pm-5pm Tuesday to Saturday 20 March – 11 April (Except Easter holiday)
Tianli Zu is an artist trained in China and Australia. Her work embodies deep experience of both places and cultures. It is, though, neither commentary nor description, but living thing. Elemental synthesizes an expressive singularity that seemingly hosts all things natural and manufactured. Her forms contain and embody a series of boiling tensions and frissons that she marshals and conjures in objects of striking beauty. Beauty is somehow the key. Beauty that is wrought from the oppositions which exist through the mundane and metaphysical spheres. Beauty that is wrought from the binaries of intuition and skilled intention.
Elemental is of a series of installations consisting of hand-cutouts, animation and light projection, curated by Professor Colin Rhodes, Sydney College of the Arts, The University of Sydney
About the Artist
Dr Tianli Zu is an Australian multimedia artist, born in Beijing, China.
She studied at the Fine Arts School affiliated to the China Central Academy of Fine Arts and China Central Academy of Fine Arts. In 1988, her winning dragon image was used as the Year of the Dragon image in the twelve part series of zodiac stamps issued by the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications, China. In recent years, Zu’s contemporary art practice has integrated technology and the handmade. Using an interdisciplinary process of intuitive hand cut paper objects, animation and cinematic projection, she employs art to engage and comment on complex social phenomena, culturally, philosophically and psychologically. Zu is a cultural ambassador for Sydney College of the Arts (SCA), the University of Sydney.
About the Curator
Professor Colin Rhodes is a writer, artist, curator and educator. He has written and lectured widely on modern and contemporary art, and is known particularly for his work on Expressionism and on the field of self-taught and outsider art. He is author of Primitivism and Modern Art and the highly influential Outsider Art: Spontaneous Alternatives, both published by Thames and Hudson. He is Director of the Self-Taught and Outsider Art Research Collection (STOARC) at the University of Sydney and founding editor of the journal, Elsewhere. He has exhibited his work internationally, including recent shows in Seoul, South Korea and Guangzhou, China. He was educated in the UK at Goldsmiths College and the University of Essex and is currently Professor and Dean of Sydney College of the Arts (SCA), the University of Sydney’s school of contemporary art.