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Elemental – Contemporary Multimedia Installations by Tianli Zu at China Cultural Centre in Sydney

China Cultural Centre in Sydney will open a unique exhibition featuring artist Tianli Zu on 20th March 2015, on view until 10th April 2015. Elemental is of a series of installations consisting of hand-cutouts, animation and light projection.

The exhibition incorporates Zu’s work which embodies deep experience of both places and cultures. “It synthesizes an expressive singularity that seemingly hosts all things natural and manufactured”, commented by Curator Colin Rhodes, Dean of the College of the Arts, University of Sydney. 

It is, though, neither commentary nor description, but a living thing. 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.

About Tianli Zu
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 from Sydney College of Arts, The University of Sydney, also the curator of Elemental, 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.

About China Cultural Centre in Sydney
Being the first China Cultural Centre in the Oceania region and as a registered non-profit organisation in Australia, China Cultural Centre in Sydney is dedicated to promoting the awareness of and appreciation for Chinese culture and art through cultural events and activities. Thanks to its close partnership with both the private and public sectors, the Centre offers programs that aim to enhance the existing friendship, to encourage dialogue and foster mutual understanding between China and Australia.

Visitor Information
The China Cultural Centre in Sydney is open from Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Admission is free. The Centre is located on Level 1, 151 Castlereagh Street, Sydney, NSW 2000.

For more information:
Tel: +61 (02) 8228 3050
E-mail: info@cccsydney.org
Website: https://cccsydney.org

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