02 February 2014

Visiting Sydney Chinese New Year exhibitions

Today I've been in the city to visit two exhibitions put on in conjunction with the celebrations of the Chinese New Year, which this year is the Year of the Horse.

First we went to see "Crossing Boundaries" at the Sydney Town Hall which is a Celebration of Contemporary Asian Australian Art.

It is a really interesting exhibition..

My main reason for going was to see "LandMind" by Somchai Charoen - here are some images
"Landmind" 2014 by Somchai Charoen

Detail (with my foot for size reference) "Landmind" 2014 by Somchai Charoen
as you might guess these are about the problem of land mines that are hidden in the plants that grow back over a mined area, disguising their hidden terror for decades after the end of the conflict for which they were planted and inflicting horrific trauma on people innocently going about their lives. "Every 15 minutes someone is a victim of a land mine". 

Near by was this globe projection titled "Like a horse.. 2013" by Pamela See.
It is thought the sparrow was introduced to Europe from Central Asia because the followed the horses for easy pickings of the grain the horses ate. The statement also speaks of the ebb and flow of the sparrow in various countries - was it a pest controller or a pest itself.

Here is a detail of a figure made using peanut shells which his father enjoys eating.. its not until you look closely that you realise how this was made - what a time consuming work.. and so neat..
Oey Oen Hok - my father 2013 by Karina Wikamto
We then caught the bus down to Circular Quay and had some lunch in an Irish Pub - my man likes his guinness..

Having refreshed ourselves we walked up the road to the gallery run by members of Craft NSW

There is a wonderful display of Sue Frazers ceramic horses which is part of the show "Art and The Horse" which runs until 16 February 2014.

Sue has around 20 different horses in this show. Each one is different in colour, pattern and personality.  They are well worth a visit and would make a great gift for any of your horse loving friends.

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frog ponds rock... said...

Sue Frazer's horses are just lovely and the land mines are a dreadful legacy :(

Elaine Bradley said...

I love when people share their images and perceptions of art shows I will never see in person. Somchai is a top guy, I met him in WA years ago and at the Sydney Ceramics Triennale. Thank you Anna!

Anna said...

hi Elaine
you are welcome, and yes Somchai is great. I hope to do one of his mould making classes one day.

Hi Kim
The detail on Sue horses is amazing and such variety..

Debby said...

love Sue Frazer's horses - lucky you - seeing the exhibition x