Past Exhibitions and Events

Tracey Moffatt and Gary Hillberg Featuring Montages: The Full Cut, 1999 – 2015
Saturday 28 January 2017 - Sunday 19 March 2017

At SAM from January 28 to March 19 2017 Official opening 4 February, 4 to 6pm. Opening remarks by Professor Charles Green, Art History, School of Culture and Communication, The University of Melbourne.

SAM is delighted to present the collaborative work of Tracey Moffatt and Gary Hillberg in the exhibition Montages: The Full Cut, 1999 – 2015 developed by Artspace, Sydney and touring nationally in partnership with Museums & Galleries of NSW.

Alongside the eight montage films, SAM will also present Moffatt’s First Jobs Series, (2008). Moffatt collected the series of 12 photographs which relate directly to past jobs she has held. Digitally inserting her likeness into these photographs Moffatt reflects on her past jobs from working in a pineapple cannery to a fresh fruit grocer, evoking a sense of nostalgia that we can all relate to.

Montages: The Full Cut, 1999 – 2015 presents eight montage films that reflect on cinema and the cinematic form, offering unprecedented insight into the stereotypes that populate our collective cultural imagination. Using an extensive collection of iconic Hollywood films, telemovies and arthouse cinema, Montages: The Full Cut, 1999 – 2015 invents new fictions and plays with narrative and character conventions to create highly charged compositions on themes such as love, art, revolution and destruction.

Tracey Moffatt is regarded internationally as one of the most important Australian artists of our time, and in 2017 will become the first Australian Indigenous artist to present a solo exhibition at the Venice Biennale. Gary Hillberg has been a long-time collaborator of Moffatt’s and also has an independent practice as an experimental filmmaker and music video producer. 

Tracey Moffatt and Gary Hillberg. Featuring Montages: The Full Cut, 1999 – 2015 will be showing at SAM from January 28 to March 19 2017, with Shepparton being the only Victorian location for the touring show.

SAM presents Montages: The Full Cut, 1999-2015, an exhibition developed by Artspace and toured nationally in partnership with Museums & Galleries of NSW, alongside key works by Tracey Moffatt.

Exhibition Dates: Saturday 28 January to Sunday 19 March 2017
Official Opening: Saturday 4 February 2017, 4 to 6pm. All welcome - Please RSVP to (03) 5832 9861 or email rsvp-sam@shepparton.vic.gov.au.

 

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Image Credit: Tracey Moffatt & Gary Hillberg, Love (still), 2003, 21 minutes, looped video, sound, Courtesy the artist, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery and Tyler Rollins Fine Art, New York.

Some of the Things I Like
Friday 16 December 2016 - Sunday 19 March 2017

Nell's Wunderkammer. Showing until Sunday 19 March, 2017

In this site specific installation, Nell has created a Wunderkammer or ‘cabinet of curiosities’ using ceramics and other treasures from the SAM Collection, supplemented with her own artworks and objects from her personal collection gifted from friends and colleagues. In Renaissance Europe, The Wunderkammer was an encyclopedic collection of objects whose categorical boundaries were yet to be defined. Traditionally these objects ranged from natural history specimens to geology, ethnography, religious or historical relics, works of art or antiquities. This array of specimens from all corners of the globe were considered to reflect Europe’s imperial force, alleged dominion over nature and supposed cultural superiority.

Nell subverts this museological tradition. The artist is known for her varied artistic vocabulary that spans media from painting and installation through to ceramics, video and performance. While her use of media is diverse, her artistic concerns or ‘Nellness’ is quite singular. Uncanny groupings are created and juxtaposed against neons and the artist’s text based wallpaper, which speaks of classification systems. She builds thematic connections and resonances between the museum’s collecting history and her own obsessions and interests. Nell has called this cabinet Some of the Things I Like. Also though, it’s an open ended proposition to the viewer to form their own connections and narratives through the objects on display.

 Numerous themes prevail around Australiana, typography, the sacred and the profane. Life, death, rebirth and spiritual consciousness are expressed through icons, artifacts, and egg-like forms. A plaster cast Jesus gazes down at a crown of thorns comprised of guitar strings and red beads that resemble the blood of Christ. Indigenous narratives are espoused through works by the Hermannsburg and Ernabella Potters with motifs that reveal a spiritual connection to Country. Totemic sculptures, ghost forms and tree spirit references proliferate, made by artists such as Jenny Orchard and Kaye Poulton. The Hindu Elephant Goddess Ganesha dialogues with a ceramic vessel that conveys a narrative around the ‘original sin’. Anthropometric faces evoke guardian spirits and the protective Eye of Horus looks on. Themes of Australiana and early settlement are also apparent through slip cast native animals such as frogs by Bendigo Pottery (c.1940) and kookaburras by Darbyshire (c.1950). Teapots in the shape of Flinders St Station (1984) collide with earthenware koala umbrella stands (1930). Honey ants and budgerigars are conveyed in vessels by the Hermannsburg potters. Ginger jars and a rice container by unknown Chinese ceramicists reveal domestic imperatives during the early Gold Rush settlements in Ballarat.

The Wunderkammer is known as the theatre of the world. As a precursor to museums, its systems and classifications were created as a way to frame and understand our universe. Through the intention of the artist the proverbial card deck is reshuffled – producing new ways to view the SAM Collection for its 80th year anniversary.

IMAGE: NELL, Some of the Things I Like, 2016, mixed media installation, dimensions variable, Shepparton Art Museum

SAM Local. VCE Art and Studio Arts Exhibition
Saturday 10 December 2016 - Saturday 14 January 2017

This exhibition celebrates the achievements of students from Year 11 and Year 12 VCE Art and Studio Arts in the Goulburn Valley region.

The exhibition features selected artworks that demonstrate a variety of approaches, with high level skills in relation to the exploration of subject matter, use of medium and experimentation.

Exhibition Dates:
Saturday 10 December 2016 to Sunday 15 January 2017

2016 People’s Choice Award winners Q&A

Name: Annalise Foott
School: Goulburn Valley Grammar
Subject: Year 12 VCE Studio Arts
Work: Distortion, 2016, digital type C photograph, 150 x 100cm

How did you come up with the ideas around your work?
Originally, I wanted to weave two photos together to represent, how as humans, we can experience more than one emotion at a time. However by weaving, part of the image was lost. So I did some research and came up with the idea of having the two sides/angles of the artwork. I felt this style more closely represents how I wanted to express the changing emotions and changing how we view other people uncovers different sides of them. 

What message do you hope people will get from your work?
The message I hope the audience uncovers is that you never fully understand someone until you change your perspective of them. Try and see the different sides of them and try to understand them for who they are, rather than what they portray to the public because there is always two sides to someone. 

What do you plan to do next year?
Next year I am taking a gap year, continuing to dance, photograph the world around me and just enjoy being young. The hopefully studying Musical Theatre or Fine arts, still yet to decide! 

What advice would you give students about to start VCE Art / Studio Arts?
To Next year’s VCE folio students, I advise you to work hard from the very start. Don't waste time, because when it comes to crunch, it can be very very overwhelming. Work hard but enjoy it and don't be afraid to experiment because you never know what your creative minds will uncover. Best of luck to you all! 

 

Name: Abram Rasmussen
School: Shepparton Christian College
Subject: Year 12 VCE Studio Arts
Work: Vinduer, 2016, watercolour, ink and coloured pencil on paper, dimensions variable
Work: Facets, 2016, digital print on canvas, beanbag, sound, dimensions variable

Question 1: How did you come up with the ideas around your work?
Facets:                 
The inspiration for this piece was my interest in music, I wanted to show how different art forms (in this case visual arts and music) could depict the same emotion but in a vastly different way. That’s how I came up with the idea for an installation piece where people can sit and enjoy the music that inspired the canvases they were looking at.
Vinduer:             
For this piece I wanted to show how emotion can be shown through even the smallest of things, so I decided to draw different eyes because they are such a small part of the human body but at the same time is one of the most expressive parts as well.

Question 2: What message do you hope people will get from your work?
Facets:                
This piece was derived from songs about love, during the creation process of this piece I had to think about the different aspects of love and how they looked to me and essentially what love was to me. What love towards people looked like, the love of a heavenly father, a father’s love for his child etc. So when people walk away from my piece I want them to walk away thinking about what love means to them and how it looks in their life.
Vinduer:             
For this piece I wanted to show how emotion could be shown through the smallest of things, and that includes people actions, the message I hope people will get is that everything you do no matter how small has an effect somewhere on someone.

Question 3: What do you plan to do next year?
Next year I will be studying Visual Arts in Bendigo.

Question 4: What advice would you give students about to start VCE Art / Studio Arts?
Don’t be discouraged when the idea that you have in your head at the beginning of the year changes. What I pictured my pieces looking like at the start of the year isn’t exactly how they ended up turning out, and that is totally fine, they got refined and changed a few times and it made them that much better. But don’t get down on yourself just because one idea you had didn’t work just refine, refine and refine some more to get your pieces where you want them to be.

Image: Annalise Foott with her work Distortion, 2016 and below Abram Rasmussen with his work Facests, 2016.

SAM Local. Spotlight
Saturday 10 December 2016 - Saturday 14 January 2017

Each year SAM goes local across December and January, spotlighting the practice of local artists with three exhibitions.

SAM Local Spotlight profiles the work of one artist with a solo exhibition. This initiative encourages, stimulate and promote local and regional cultural activities as part of SAM’s annual program, enabling artists to experience working in a professional museum context. Exhibitions are programmed up to six months in advance.

Shepparton Art Museum is pleased to announce the artist showcased in this December’s local spotlight exhibition is Echuca-based, Tarli Bird.

Artist Statement:

I’m excited about exhibiting at SAM with a project that combines my passions in life: sport and art. As an elite distance runner I’m always fascinated when people regard sport and art as being polar opposites. I find athletes and artists contain very similar attributes that I’m looking forward to highlighting in my exhibition.

I hope to break down the barrier between the sports field and art gallery through my exhibition and drawing into the gallery new viewers. My exhibition will have the heart rates of local runners after a running race transferred onto individual music metronomes which will communicate their internal body externally to be watched. The metronomes will continue to perform for the duration of the exhibition providing a visual and audio representation of how the bodies experienced the race. The viewers can determine for themselves which individual has pushed their body to the furthest limit.

Tarli is an artist and art teacher who works at Echuca College.

Website: www.tarlibird.com

Instagram: @tarlibird

Exhibition Dates:
Saturday 10 December 2016 to Sunday 15 January 2017

Image: Tarli Bird, courtesy the artist.

SAM Local: Best of Friends
Saturday 10 December 2016 - Sunday 15 January 2017

Best of Friends showcases the strength, diversity and commitment of local artists in the Goulburn Valley region.

Each year the talents of the Friends of SAM Inc. are celebrated with a special group exhibition. Bringing together Friends who explore a range of thematic approaches, the exhibition features a variety of mediums such as painting, drawing, sculpture, textiles and photography.

To be part of the show, download an application form here. You will need to become a Friend of SAM if you aren't already.

Exhibition Dates:
Saturday 10 December 2016 to Sunday 15 January 2017

Image: Maeve Hutchinson, Waiting, 2015, porcelain, © the artist 

Drawing Wall #25: Elizabeth Gower
Saturday 26 November 2016 - Sunday 12 February 2017

Elizabeth Gower is a mid career artist based in Melbourne. Since the 1970s, her practice has centered around the production of intricate collages from found materials. Drawing on the everyday, she creates formal works of beauty.

Each element in this constellation of circular forms has been created from the detritus of consumer culture. Gleaned from advertising catalogues, commercial products and junk mail, Gower has collected tea-bag labels, price tags, and other fragments that you might find in your letterbox or in the Supermarket aisle. This ephemeral material has been configured into a rhythmic and geometric composition that extends across the wall.

This piece is a reworking of 365 Rotations, that Gower conceived for the National Gallery of Victoria’s Melbourne Now, 2013-14 and AC Institute, New York, 2014. For SAM’s Drawing Wall #25, Gower has intergrated advertising collateral from Shepparton based businesses such as SPC Ardmona and Campbell’s Soups, connecting her work to the regional food production industry.

Gower has held over 30 individual exhibitions in Australia and overseas, including shows at Cite Internationale des Arts Gallery, Paris, 2007; Arthouse, London, 1997; and Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, 1991. She has participated in many major group exhibitions, including: Fieldwork: Australian Art 1968-2002, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2002; Australian Perspecta, held at Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, in 1997 and Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, in 1985 and 1981; European Dialogue, 3rd Biennale of Sydney, Art Gallery of New South Wales 1979. Her most recent group exhibitions include: Black elastic, two umbrellas, a mint leaf and wheels, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne, 2011; and Cubism and Australian Art, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, 2009. Gower’s work is held in many notable public collections both in Australia and internationally. She is represented by Sutton Gallery, Melbourne.

The Drawing Wall is an ongoing series of commissioned, temporary, site specific wall based drawings or installations that enliven the foyer space of the Eastbank Centre, directly outside SAM. Drawing Wall projects often revolve around conversations and collaborations, and provide members of the public an opportunity to interact with the artists during installation.

Each year four artists are commissioned to produce new work across the 4 x 12m space.

Image: Elizabeth Gower, courtesy and © the artist.

Showcase #12: Andrei Davidoff
Saturday 5 November 2016 - Sunday 29 January 2017

Andrei Davidoff is a Melbourne-based ceramicist known for his commercial domestic ware and installation based practice. In this new body of work, Davidoff experiments with scale, technique and context.

The artist has cherry picked forms and iconography from the histories and theories of studio pottery in order to query the nature of assigned value within the discipline. Forms are borrowed from sources such as Korean storage jars and Japanese tea vessels. Surface decoration is gleaned from an array of references, from slip motifs depicting ears of corn from North Carolina, through to instructional drawings from a seminal text by the founder of the English/Japanese pottery tradition - Bernard Leach. A sketch for an anagama Japanese-style kiln on one vase is juxtaposed next to Tarot card illustrations on another: an allusion to both the use value of the ceramic vessel within human history, as well as the symbolism of the suit of cups within the tarot deck.

In addition to these historic references, Davidoff draws on the everyday. Commercially produced ceramics decals featuring icons and signs litter the surfaces in an arbitrary fashion: biohazard signs and atomic icons, skull and cross bones and cassette players–symbols of our urban world.

These elements are conflated with complex tactile surfaces, bubbled and crazed, achieved through experimental production processes and multiple firings (six –seven times). Dripping rivulets of traditional stoneware and commercial earthenware glazes, are combined with smelted beer bottles and finished with gold lustre.

Displayed on a precarious stack of makeshift shelving and borrowed milk crates in place of the museum plinth, Davidoff destabilises traditional exhibition solutions and the inherent value that the plinth and museum context assigns to the ceramic object. Through drawing on the diverse cross-cultural histories of the form and its representation, his work investigates the tension between the objects’ high art cultural value and its social value as a utilitarian object.

Showcase 2016 presents four discrete exhibitions of new work by contemporary ceramicists in the glass display cabinet of SAM’s entry.

Curated in partnership with Bree Claffey of Melbourne based gallery and retailer Mr Kitly, Showcase provides a unique opportunity for collectors and craft lovers to acquire work as all pieces are available for purchase.

Image: Andrei Davidoff, courtesy Mt Kitly.

Nell
Saturday 8 October 2016 - Sunday 27 November 2016

The artist known simply as Nell has a signature style that is instantly recognisable: a fusion of religious iconography with a rock ‘n’ roll aesthetic. Complex and paradoxical, Nell took her Buddhist vows in an ancient Chinese ceremony while concurrently worshipping at the altar of Australia’s true rock god legends – AC/DC.

Life, death and rebirth; sex, Zen and rock ‘n’ roll, play out as key themes across the artist’s oeuvre in this survey exhibition. Her work often explores the tension between diametrically opposed polarities such as light and dark, silence and noise.

Nell’s multi-disciplinary practice includes painting, installation, performance and video. Through these means she explores a unique cosmology of symbols such as the egg, the drip, the lightning bolt, the fly and the smiley face - enduring motifs in a quest for universal meaning. It’s only two hours to Shepparton if you wanna rock ‘n’ roll!

Sydney based Nell was born in 1975 in Maitland, NSW, Australia. Recent major works and collaborations include: The Wake, Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, Art Gallery of South Australia (2016). It’s a Long Way to the Top (If you Wanna Rock `n’ Roll), Chanting to Amps, Let There Be Robe, Museum of Old and New Art, (MONA) Tasmania, commissioned performances and installations for the festival MONA FOMA (2012). Theatre of the World, MONA (2012). The Oracle - Spring/Summer (2011/12), collaboration with Romance Was Born for Australian Fashion Week. Nell is represented by Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery Sydney, and STATION Gallery, Melbourne.

Curators:
Rebecca Coates & Anna Briers

Exhibition Dates:
Saturday 8 October to Sunday 27 November 2016

 For further reading, please see these media interviews with NE/LL herself:

http://thecreatorsproject.vice.com/en_au/blog/australian-artist-nell-loves-meditation-retreats-and-acdc

http://theartlife.com.au/2016/six-and-a-half-questions-nell/

http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/rhythmdivine/let-there-be-chant/7982936

Image: Nell, Let There Be Robe, 2012, Zen robe, T-shirts, beads, badges, mannequin, socks, Converse All-Stars, guitar picks, paintbrushes, drumsticks, scissors, pencils, screwdrivers, chopsticks, dimensions variable, Courtesy of the artist and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney. Photo: Jessica Maurer

Drawing Wall #24: Darren Wardle
Saturday 27 August 2016 - Sunday 13 November 2016

Darren Wardle is the 24th artist to feature on the SAM Drawing Wall.

Darren Wardle is known for his hyper-real paintings of abandoned buildings and urban structures that appear to be drawn from a post-apocalyptic, sci-fi dystopia. Painted in a synthetic day-glo palette, they hint at the failures of modernism and its associated belief in a rational and orderly world.

Darren Wardle’s Billboard Panorama is an instantly recognisable image for any suburban dweller in the Western world. This archetypal scene depicts disused advertising billboards silhouetted against a highly saturated sky. While uninhabited, there is evidence of life in the form of graffiti scrawl that defaces the structures: an attempt at visibility or to reclaim territory within the constant barrage of advertising. A surveillance camera records and monitors from overhead.

Wardle’s image could portray a specific place, or nowhere in particular. An urban view that we might experience in transit while on a road trip: somewhere between our present location and our destination. As a representation of the way in which commodity culture informs architecture and space, the image recalls the homogeneity and sameness of cities globally. The work has an alluring cinematic quality that evokes the post-war gasoline stations and roadside architecture that seminal West-coast American Pop artist Edward Ruscha captured in the ’60s.

Darren Wardle holds a Masters by Research from the Victorian College of the Arts, 2014. He has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards and his works are held in various Australian collections including the National Gallery of Victoria, Heidi Museum of Modern Art, and RMIT University Collection, amongst others. He has held over 20 solo shows and exhibited widely in the USA, Asia, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Wardle is represented by Fehily Contemporary, Melbourne and Stephan Stoyanov Gallery in New York City.

Darren will be installing his work from Monday 22 to Friday 26 August. This is a great opportunity for the community to come by and see him at work and ask questions about his art and processes.

The Drawing Wall is an ongoing series of commissioned, temporary, site specific wall based drawings or installations that enliven the foyer space of the Eastbank Centre, directly outside SAM. Drawing Wall projects often revolve around conversations and collaborations, and provide members of the public an opportunity to interact with the artists during installation.

Each year four artists are commissioned to produce new work across the 4 x 12m space.

 

Darren Wardle, Community Spirits 2015

oil and acrylic on canvas, 122cm x 168cm

Image courtesy the artist and Fehily Contemporary

Indigenous Ceramic Art Award
Saturday 6 August 2016 - Sunday 25 September 2016

The Indigenous Ceramic Art Award (ICAA)  was established under the patronage of acclaimed artist Dr Gloria Thanakupi Fletcher, this Award celebrates and supports the rich and diverse use of the ceramic medium by Indigenous artists and acknowledges the special industry of ceramic art. As an acquisitive award it contributes to the Art Museum's significant holdings of Australian and International ceramic art.

 

The 2016 shortlisted artists are:

  • Janet Fieldhouse, Torres Strait (QLD)
  • Deanne Gilson, Wadawurrung/ Wathaurung (VIC)
  • Sean Miller, Kamilaroi (NSW)
  • Raymond Young, Gunnai / Yorta Yorta/ Gunditjmara (VIC)
  • Alison Murray, Girramay (QLD)

    Gallery Kaiela Artists (VIC)
  • Jack Anselmi, Yorta Yorta
  • Cynthia Hardie, Yorta Yorta

    Ernbella Women Potters, Pukatja Community – Pitjantjatjara Language (SA)
  • Alison Milyika Carroll
  • Elizabeth Dunn
  • Rupert Jack
  • Lynette Lewis
  • Rachael Mipantjiti Lionel
  • Janelle Muwitja Nakamarra Thompson
  • Fiona Wells
  • Tjimpuna Williams

The ICAA is developed in partnership with the Sir Andrew and Lady Fairley Foundation, Margaret Lawrence Bequest and Mr Allan Myers AO QC and is generously supported by Fairer Futures Fund / Australian Communities Foundation.  

2016 ICAA Cultural Program

In addition to the 2016 ICAA exhibition, a community engagement component has again been developed. All bookings can be made online or by calling SAM. 

Adult Programs

Education: Life on the River Clay building workshop
Drawing on the concept of a midden, and local knowledge about life on the Goulburn River pre-settlement, these teachers will learn a number of hand-building techniques and how to make a pressed mould using found objects and clay.
Date: Saturday 3 September
Time: 10.00 to 11.30am Mooroopna and 12.15pm to 4pm SAM
Audience: All teachers
Venue: Mooroopna river bank and SAM
Cost:  $60 (incl. lunch)
Tutors: Jack Anselmi and Aunty Cynthia Hardie
Bookings: Click here to book

Kids and Family Programs

Middens and Memories
Children will gain insight into the local traditions of the Yorta Yorta people through this clay workshop.
Date: Wednesday 21 September
Audience: 10.30am to 12.30pm for 5 - 9 years - Bookings: Click here                  
                 1.30 to 3.30pm for 10 - 14 years - Bookngs: Click here
Venue: SAM workshop room
Cost: $20 (Friends $18)
Artists: Jack Anselmi and Auntie Cynthia Hardie

Family Walking Tour
Join SAM and Gallery Kaiela staff for a guided tour of exhibitions at both venues and discuss the artwork over morning tea.
Date: Thursday 22 September
Time: 10 to 12noon
Audience: Families
Venue: SAM and Gallery Kaiela
Cost:  Free
Bookings: Click here

Painting Stories: Aboriginal Signs and Symbols
Through this painting workshop children will learn the different meanings of signs and symbol in Aboriginal paintings.
Date: Friday 23 September
Time: 10.30am to 12.30pm
Audience: 9 to 13 years
Venue: SAM workshop room
Cost: $15 (Friends $13)
Tutor:  Tammy-Lee Atkinson
Bookings: Click here

Important Dates:

Exhibition opens to the public

Saturday 6 August

Exhibition official opening and award announcement

Saturday 20 August, 4 to 6pm

Cultural program

Commencing 6 August to 25 September

Exhibition dates

Sunday 6 August to Sunday 25 September

Image: Exhibition view, 2016 Indigenous Ceramic Art Award (ICAA) at Shepparton Art Museum (SAM), 6 August to 25 September 2016.
Photographer: Christian Capurro

Showcase #11: Bridget Bodenham
Saturday 30 July 2016 - Sunday 30 October 2016

Showcase 2016 presents four discrete exhibitions of new work by contemporary ceramicists in the glass display cabinet of SAM’s entry.

Curated in partnership with Bree Claffey of Melbourne based gallery and retailer Mr Kitly, Showcase provides a unique opportunity for collectors and craft lovers to acquire work as all pieces are available for purchase.

Image: Bridget Bodenham, courtesy Mr Kitly © the artist.

Chen Qiulin. One Hundred Names
Saturday 4 June 2016 - Sunday 24 July 2016

One Hundred Names offers a rare survey of over a decade of work by one of China’s most acclaimed contemporary artists, Chen Qiulin. Using a combination of photography, video installation, performance and other media, Chen investigates the contradictions that arise when a country tries both to maintain tradition, and to develop rapidly. Her work examines how migration, displacement, and urban development disrupt traditional Chinese ancestry, culture and way of life. While the unusually rapid development of China highlights these issues, they are not unique to China, and reflect stories shared by many others in the developing world.

One Hundred Names, the title of the exhibition, continues the artist’s 10 years of ongoing interest in tofu as an artistic medium and its symbolism within Chinese culture.

In this new iteration, One Hundred Names commemorates the history of early Chinese migration to Australia through a series of one hundred videos of the artist inscribing family names of early migrants into blocks of tofu, which are then documented throughout their process of disintegration and decay.

Chen was born in Hubei Province and currently works in Chengdu, an important metropolitan hub in southwest China. She was raised in the Wanzhou District, which was partially submerged by the construction of the massive Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River.

Chen has presented solo exhibitions at art museums including the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, USA (2012); and participated in numerous group exhibitions including the 7th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, Korea (2008); the Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna, Austria (2008-2009); and the 6th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT 6) (2009).

Chen Qiulin. One Hundred Names is a collaborative exhibition with 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney.

Curators:
Dr Rebecca Coates, Anna Briers and Toby Chapman.

Exhibition Dates:
Saturday 4 June to Sunday 24 July 2016

Official Opening and Tofu Carving Performance:
Saturday 4 June, 4 to 6pm - SOLD OUT EVENT

Image: Chen Qiulin, The Hundred Surnames in Tofu (Chen) (still), 2004 - 2014, video installation, ed.5, courtesy the artist and A Thousand Plateaus Art Space Chengdu © the artist.

Chen Qiulin, The Hundred Surnames in Tofu (Wong) (still), 2004 - 2014, video installation, ed.5 courtesy the artist and A Thousand Plateaus Art Space Chengdu © the artist.

 

VIDEO INTERVIEW

We sat down with Chen Qiulin during her visit to SAM in June 2014 to find out a little bit more about her arts process and the background to why some of her works use tofu as a media: