Contemporary Art Meets TESLA & Alvin Xiong Solo Exhibition

New Zealand contemporary artist Alvin Xiong has been invited to do a special event 'Contemporary Art Meets TESLA' which includes Alvin Xiong's Solo Tour Exhibition 'Fusion' by the well-known U.S. electrical car company TELSA in China!

There will be three stops for this event & tour exhibition: 

22nd April 2017, TESLA store, Canton Place,

6th May 2017, TESLA store, La Perle,

13th May 2017, TESLA Service Centre, Guangzhou.  

跨界艺术与设计的玩者 – 熊炜(Alvin Xiong)/Alvin Xiong on the Chinese social media

跨界艺术与设计的玩者 熊炜(Alvin Xiong)

Link: http://home.ifeng.com/a/20160531/41616543_0.shtml

今年5月,熊炜(Alvin Xiong) 应中国著名艺术生态区一艺谷的邀请,从新西兰来到中国参加为期3周的国际艺术家驻场创作项目,让中国的观众有机会亲眼欣赏和了解这个跨界艺术与设计玩者的独特作品。

国际艺术家驻场创作项目(Artist in residence programmes) 兴起的浪潮起源于上世纪的纽约,经过了一段时间的发展和演变,在20世纪的美国和欧洲发展到顶峰。 被邀请参加国际艺术家驻场创作项目是众多国际知名顶级艺术家的一种重要荣誉以及对艺术家创作的一种肯定,比如:Olafur Eliasson 2014年在MIT (Massachusette Institute of Technology)的驻场项目,Tracey Emin, Peter Robinson 以及 Xu Bing (徐冰)等艺术家在世界各地的驻场活动。同时,国际艺术家驻场创作项目不仅提供给艺术家更开阔的平台进行创作,使艺术家有一个宽松自由的环境对现有或者构思中的作品进行更深入的思考,也是当代艺术家作品趋向成熟和被国际市场认可的一个重要标志。不同的环境以及人文的影响,使艺术家能从中得到丰富的灵感和吸取到不同的生活经验,使作品更具跨国界和跨媒介的跨界维度。

熊炜(Alvin Xiong)在国际艺术家驻场项目创作中

近年来,熊炜(Alvin Xiong)的作品引起越来越多人的注意。作为一个跨界艺术家,他现主要在新西兰居住以及创作,他的作品跨越多种媒介,融合多个领域,是当今活跃于国际艺术界的新西兰华裔青年当代艺术家。2011年,他以优异的成绩毕业于广州美术学院油画系,获得本科学士学位。2015年,他在新西兰顶级的奥克兰大学艺术学院(Elam School of Fine Arts),完成了研究生学习课程,获得艺术硕士学位。由于在中国接受的是传统的油画训练,而在新西兰接受的是当代艺术教育,因此,他对传统绘画艺术和当代艺术都有扎实的基础,玩得游刃有余,同时他也是一个游玩于不同文化之间的文化交流推动者,特别在促进中国和新西兰的文化与艺术交流方面。

艺术家: 熊炜(Alvin Xiong)

艺术家: 熊炜(Alvin Xiong)

2009年到2016年,熊炜(Alvin Xiong)的作品在新西兰和中国参加的个展和群展一共超过55次,入选及获奖接近20次。他的作品被新西兰,澳洲和中国等一些重要个人和官方艺术机构收藏,包括: James Wallace Art Trust, The Curiat Art Trust 和广州国家档案馆等等。2011年在德国古桥出版社(Alte Btücke Verlag)的鼎力支持下,出版了著作《坦培拉研究Tempera Research》,该书被广东省中山图书馆及德国相关机构收藏。 

《坦培拉研究Tempera Research   作者:熊炜(Alvin Xiong)

熊炜(Alvin Xiong)的作品以新极简主义为思考及表现方向,优雅的融合了东西方的文化元素,巧妙的揉入了很多传统艺术作品所没有的跨界设计元素,形成了他特有的跨界当代艺术作品面貌。很多观众都有这样的体会,欣赏他的作品,很容易让人走心。因为,他的作品有传统绘画的亲切画面感,不像某些当代艺术作品,使观众产生心理上的抗拒或者距离感,他的作品是有性的。阅读他的作品是享受在他天马行空而且极具创造力的细节和唯美优雅的整体造型上,就像邻家男孩一样阳光和平易近人。熊炜(Alvin Xiong)在其他的媒体采访中提到: 我现阶段在进行多媒介多领域的跨界艺术创作,把设计领域的一些精髓跟元素融入到我的当代艺术创作里面。 同时也是把我在东、西方学校里所学到的知识进行再思考,再创作,再提炼,再融合,通过这种不断的摧毁重建融合跨越的试炼以及自我拷问来使自己进一步的认识自我,了解自己,从而延伸作品的多维度可能性,提高作品所包含的被阅读空间,以及深化物体,观众,空间之间的联系。

熊炜(Alvin Xiong)作品“Life is like summer flowers”, 2015年, 30 x 12米,奥克兰永久展示 

熊炜(Alvin Xiong)对传统艺术有深刻的理解,他用一个平面绘画者的角度跟审美,恰到好处的融入了当代艺术的前沿性实验性跟独特性,以平面的眼光跨界去进行对空间、对时间的思考,让他创作出不仅唯美颜值高,而且有丰富学术讨论价值的当代艺术作品。他的作品另一大特点,是能在各种材料以及媒介中完美地进行不同的提炼融合的跨界创作,特别是把设计领域中的实用性跟功能性引入到了他的作品,让他的作品不仅仅是一个可观赏的当代艺术品,而且是有实用价值,可以跟生活发生关系的艺术品。这种当代艺术与现代设计的跨界思维创作方式,使他的作品达到了艺术品跟观看者无障碍的交流以及融合,正如世界顶级设计师菲利普-斯塔克(Philippe Starck)1982年设计的三腿Coates椅子,1990年推出的Alessi‘Juicy Salif’柠檬榨汁机,这些跨界的富有艺术美感的经典设计作品,使人们愿意与这个艺术设计的混合作品一起生活在同一个空间里,并且使这个空间得到艺术的升华。

熊炜(Alvin Xiong)作品“echo,  2014

艺术品收藏家罗伯特-汉克斯(Rob Hanks)作为The Curiat Art Trust艺术基金会创始人,他这样评论:熊炜(Alvin Xiong)的作品是我这几年见过最有意思的跨界作品,并且他也是最有投资收藏潜力的年轻华裔当代艺术家。我从跟他的接触中深深的体会到,他已经真正的把艺术创作融入到了他的生活中,虽然他还很年轻,但是我尊重他,因为他是一个谦虚的艺术家,一个成熟而且有特别思想的艺术家。我已经陆续收藏和订制了他的几个作品,我会继续关注以及收藏他的新作。

罗伯特-汉克斯(Rob Hanks)家里收藏的熊炜(Alvin Xiong)作品 左: Ab sus4 (A flat suspended fourth), 右: F maj7 (F major seventh)

罗伯特-汉克斯(Rob Hanks)家里收藏的熊炜(Alvin Xiong)作品

: Ab sus4 (A flat suspended fourth), : F maj7 (F major seventh)

艺术家的个人网站: www.alvinxiong.com

艺术家的个人简介(部分)

1987年出生于中国,现在主要在新西兰居住和工作

教育背景

- 2015年,奥克兰大学艺术学院(Elam School of Fine Arts)研究生毕业,获艺术硕士学位。

- 2012年,在新西兰白悬崖艺术与设计学院完成当代艺术理论和当代艺术史证书课程

- 2011, 毕业于广州美术学院油画系,获本科学士学位

- 2007, 毕业于广州美术学院附中(四年制)

个展

- 2015, 'The Feeling Memento', Vero Centre高端金融中心, 奥克兰, 新西兰

- 2014, project 'Light Gemini', Corner Window Gallery画廊, 奥克兰, 新西兰

- 2014, 'Cross influential', Pierre Peeters Gallery画廊, 奥克兰, 新西兰

群展(部分)

- 2016, 'The Colour of your Heart is What Matters', Studio One - Toi Tū艺术中心, 奥克兰, 新西兰

- 2016, 'Auckland Arts Festival's White Night Remuera' & 'White Night Parnell'奥克兰艺术节-白昼夜活动, 奥克兰, 新西兰 

- 2015, 'Prepare to fall in love', Papakura Art Gallery画廊, 奥克兰, 新西兰

- 2015, 'Reaching The Horizon And Beyond', Uxbridge Art Centre/Malcolm Smith Gallery艺术中心, 奥克兰, 新西兰

- 2015, 'Light', 30upstairs Gallery画廊, 惠灵顿, 新西兰

- 2014, 'Taranaki National Art Award'国家艺术展, Sandfords Event Centre艺术中心, Taranaki, 新西兰

- 2014, 'Into the mystic', Pierre Peeters Gallery画廊,奥克兰, 新西兰

- 2014, 'NZ Art Show'新西兰艺术展, TSB Bank Arena会展中心, 惠灵顿, 新西兰 

- 2014, 'Monster Valley Experiment', Basement Theatre大剧院,奥克兰, 新西兰

- 2014, 'The Adam Portrait Award and Exhibition 2014'国家肖像展, New Zealand Portrait Gallery新西兰国家肖像画廊,惠灵顿, 新西兰

- 2013, 'National Youth Art Award 2013'国家青年艺术家大奖, ArtsPost Gallery画廊,汉密尔顿, 新西兰

- 2013, 'Child Cancer Foundation Art Auction'儿童癌症基金艺术慈善拍卖, Hamilton Creative Centre创意中心,汉密尔顿, 新西兰

- 2011, 八点钟的太阳第三回展,广州美术学院大学城美术馆,中国

- 2011, 中国当代艺术年鉴, 深圳, 中国

- 2011, 艺术广东:国际艺术与收藏品博览会,锦汉国际展览中心,广州,中国

- 2010, 首届广东大学生双年展,广州大学艺术展览中心,中国

- 2009, 八点钟的太阳第三回展,杨之光艺术中心,中国

- 2009, 广州市美术大展,广州,中国

获奖和提名(部分)

- 2015, 入围提名 'Estuary Art Award 2015'艺术大奖, Uxbridge Arts Centre艺术中心,奥克兰,新西兰

- 2014, 获得The Trust基金会艺术大赛, 最佳学院作品奖,Corban Estate Art Centre艺术中心,奥克兰,新西兰

- 2014, 获得新西兰艺术大展最具潜力年轻艺术家奖,惠灵顿,新西兰

- 2014, 入围提名 'The Adam Portrait Award and Exhibition 2014'国家肖像展, New Zealand Portrait Gallery新西兰国家肖像画廊,惠灵顿,新西兰 

- 2013, 入围提名 'Walker & Hall Waiheke Art Award 2013'艺术大奖, Waiheke Coummunity Art Gallery艺术中心,激流岛,新西兰

- 2013, 获得新西兰国家青年艺术家作品比赛,最佳数码作品奖,Artspost Gallery画廊,汉密尔顿,新西兰

- 2011, 广州美术学院本科毕业生优秀毕业作品奖,中国

- 2010, 广州美术学院一等奖学金,中国

- 2009, 广州美术学院二等奖学金,中国

- 2008, 广州美术学院三等奖学金,中国

著作出版

- 2011, 出版著作《坦培拉研究Tempera Research, Alvin XIONG熊炜, Alte Btücke Verlag德国古桥出版社, 海德堡, 德国

公共定制作品(部分)

- 2016, 奥克兰大学官方订制作品 'LALALA', 奥克兰大学医学与科学学院,新西兰

- 2016, 奥克兰元宵灯节官方订制作品'Morning Glory', Auckland Domain, 新西兰

- 2015, Remuera商业联盟订制永久展示作品'Life is like summer flowers', 奥克兰艺术节-白昼夜活动,新西兰

 收藏(部分) 

- 2015, 'Improvisation', 'F maj7 (F major seventh)' and  'Ab suss (A flat suspended forth)', The Curiat Art Trust艺术基金会收藏, 新西兰

- 2015, 'Two of me' 私人收藏,澳大利亚

- 2014, 'Symbiotic', James Wallace Trust华莱士艺术基金会, 新西兰

- 2013, 'Dancing in the darkness' 私人收藏,新西兰

- 2012, 油画肖像,私人订制并被收藏,奥克兰,新西兰

- 2009, 油画作品《重生》,广州国家档案馆永久收藏,中国

策展组织

- 2016, 广州美术学院教授六人展《Big Catch On live Bait, Nathan Homestead Community Arts Centre尼逊家园艺术中心,奥克兰,新西兰  

- 2014, 'So where's home?', George Fraser Gallery画廊,奥克兰,新西兰

- 2013, 'Some say I so I say light', Elam Projectspace Gallery画廊,奥克兰,新西兰

- 2011, 'Beyond The Nest - Photograph Exhibition About Europe Travel', 清和朗润画廊,广州,中国

- 2010 and 2011, 瑞士艺术品修复和保存专家Julita Beck《古代大师技法和技术研究》 广州,中国 

- 2010 and 2011, 欧洲艺术之旅 'Beyond The Nest - Travel of Art in Europe'

- 2010, 瑞士艺术品修复和保存专家Julita Beck 《艺术品修复和收藏讲座》,广州美术学院研究生部,中国

设计经历

- 2015, 公司商标订制, Dreamland Group ltd., 新西兰

- 2014, 商业商标订制, Vivian Rao, 美国

- 2014, 品牌商标订制, Kooper's Ken, 英国

- 2010 2011, 设计总监,时代龙会议与展览公司,广州,中国

- 2010, 花车设计,中国国际旅游节 

旅游经历

美国,法国,西班牙,意大利,德国,荷兰,比利时,瑞士,奥地利,梵蒂冈,圣马力诺,台湾、马来西亚、泰国、新加坡、韩国

 

 

Alvin Xiong has been invited to participate an International Artist in Residence Project

Goooood news! I've been invited to China this year for the International Artists in Residence Project in Arteco! 
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Arteco boasts of its reservation of the nature. Facilities include log cabins, RVs, twin ponds, organic farms, recreation & entertainment and Chinese/western cuisine. Arteco is aimed to be one of the platforms of arts and culture of the city. With an area of 34,000 square meters, Arteco is a perfect venue for high-end tailormade events; one artist in residence said: “it’s been a transcendent experience!”—That has become our promise since.

The “kiwisual Artist-in-Residence Project” invites artists of different artistic disciplines and cultural backgrounds for on-site creation that mainly involves conducting cross-over work on the “kiwisual Artistic Stones”. 

The potentials of China’s art market have been under international spotlight; artists from around the globe, no matter on his own behalf or of official backgrounds, have been coming to China to interact with its art world. However, artist-in-residence projects are still a new thing and rarely heard of across the vast Mainland territory. A stable platform of thorough communication and on-site creation for artists is acutely called for, and “kiwisual” has decided to be a pioneer.

Initiators and organizers of “kiwisual” studied art and design at college, and have been incorporating art into life ever since; considerable resources of art and media have been accumulated over the years; artists invited for the “kiwisual” residence project will not only enjoy a multi-disciplinary platform for artistic creation, and they will also interact with local artists, galleries and media, making the residence a rich and profound experience.

Arteco, the base of “kiwisual” is located in suburban Guangzhou--- the Southern Gate of China, with the vast Chinese Mainland at the back, and neighboring Hong Kong--- one of the world’s most vibrant art market. Here you could indulge yourself in the culture of “bridges and creeks” of the gentle Southern China, or go over to Hong Kong within just a few hours and have a taste of the pluralistic and flourishing metropolis. Inspiration might lie amongst such aura, which is both traditional and open-minded.

Alvin Xiong In Auckland Arts Festival's 'White Night Parnell 2016'

WHITE NIGHT, conceived in Paris in 2002, now an annual event on the Auckland Arts Festival calendar in Aotearoa.

Making art and culture accessible to large audiences within public spaces, White Night in Parnell kicks off with a charity art auction of Monkey art works as part of the Year of the Monkey celebrations, with proceeds in aid of Starship National Air Ambulance Service.

White Night Parnell offers a whole array of engaging gallery experiences and outdoor art installations to see and interact with – it’s free, fun and for all ages!

For six hours non-stop you will have your senses activated, your imagination inspired, get to explore human nature, have your thinking challenged and have the opportunity to interact with artists in helping create art works!

Pick up a map from one of the seven galleries, ask a White Night Parnell helper for one on the night or download one here.

Hop on and off the free Art Bus Tour at the top or bottom of Parnell Road where you can start your visual adventure in Parnell. Bookings are essential.

For further information on White Night Parnell, including a map, visit parnell.net.nz
Book your Auckland Arts Festival free Art Bus Tours by emailing whitenight@aaf.co.nz

Full information: http://parnell.net.nz/events/parnell-white-night-2016/

Alvin Xiong in Auckland Arts Festival's 'White Night Remuera 2016'

Auckland Arts Festival's 'White NIght' is back... for one spellbinding evening Remuera will be transformed into a contempory arts experience. Take a walk of the arts, design and science to experience unique artworks, experimental art forms and magical performances throughout the Remuera precinct.
For full details visit: http://www.remuera.org.nz

List of artist:

Alvin Xiong
Auckland Studio Potters
Barry Lett
Daniel Bloxham
David McCracken
Dubtext
Emma Pottinger
Harpists and Flutists:  Mikaele Ymker, Mia Jackson, Charlotte McKenzie, Olivia Chappell, Melissa Yan, Olivia Bennett
Kate Mitchell
Media Design School
Monster Valley presents DJ Jimmy Olsen
Marcin Rutkiewicz (Poland) 
NeSpoon (Poland)
SABA Ballet
Stephanie Cossens
Sue Nunn
Taylor Pringle and Ann Marie Gribble
The Experimental Bakery Makerspace 

 

'Big Catch On Live Bait' at Nathan Homestead Arts Centre

Curator 策展人:

Alvin Xiong 熊炜

Philip Tse 谢宝泉

 

Artist 参展艺术家: 

Deng Jianjin 邓箭今,广州美术学院油画系副主任,教授。

He Jiancheng 何建成,广州美术学院油画系副教授, 广州美术学院油画系第三工作室主任。

Li Tao 李涛,广州美术学院副教授

Zhang Wei 张伟,广州美术学院副教授

Sun Jiaxuan 孙嘉旋,当代艺术家。

Zhu Donghui 祝东辉,当代艺术家。

OPENING: FRIDAY 15 JANUARY 2016 5:30 - 8:30 PM
EXHIBITION: 16 JAN - 21 FEB 2016
ARTIST TALK: TUESDAY 26 JANUARY 2016 6 - 7 PM

Curated by Alvin Xiong and Philip Tse
Hosted by Nathan Homestead Gallery


BIG CATCH ON LIVE BAIT

“When there is music together with food,
The audience will linger…” 
- Tao Te Ching

The emergence of Chinese contemporary art on the international art scene from the mid-2000s has fundamentally altered the structure of the international art trade. Why is Chinese contemporary art so impactful, important and relevant to the globalized art market? How do the Chinese artists cope with the shifting sands of change? What are they looking for?

BIG CATCH ON LIVE BAIT features six contemporary Chinese artists and academics from Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts. Their focus is more on social change as it is happening rather than on past struggles or historical events – the lost of roots, identity, community and homeliness due to rapid and rampart urbanization. Their works reflect the adjustment of China in the present day. Often their themes speak to people inside and outside the country: Deng Jian Jin’s deep thoughts in existence create dialogue that provoke viewers; He Jian Cheng explores the origin of life; Li Tao goes through the process of spiritual awakening and questions the meaning of life; Sun Jia Xuan focuses on the sense of being alive; Zhang Wei conveys emotion and logic; Zhu Dong Hui insists there is a metaphoric relationship in art and life. Blending their individual approach in art-making renders this exhibition unique and enjoyable.

New Zealand has a lot to offer these visiting artists - the land, the people, the culture and lifestyle. In Big Catch On Live Bait, these artists will present works they brought from China as well as new works they made during their stay in New Zealand. 

Let's look at their works as “Bait” and see what they can “Catch”. Perhaps a new impression of Aoteaoa - the Land of the Long White Cloud.

Articles:  

With more than ninety years of history, Nathan Homestead is today a centre for arts and community situated within the magnificent grounds of David Nathan Park on the southern outskirts of the city. With the direction and support of the Manurewa Local Board, the centre has renewed its commitment to the diversity of peoples and cultures in our community.

 弥森家园(Nathan Homestead)坐落于新西兰奥克兰市南郊风景优美的大卫·弥森公园( David Nathan Park)。这座建筑始建于近一个世纪以前,如今已成为当地的艺术和社区中心。在马努雷瓦区地方委员会(Manurewa )的指导和帮助下,弥森家园一直坚持为丰富当地居民生活和提高文化多样性不懈努力。

 It is with great pleasure that we are hosting six visiting artists from China for the exhibition Big Catch on Live Bait curated by Alvin Xiong and Philip Tse. This two part endeavour in the gallery gives visitors the opportunity to engage in conversation with the artists and to observe the development of their art as we chart a course for the centre as a creative hub for the development of the arts in New Zealand.

此次6位中国艺术家远道而来,由熊炜(Alvin Xiong)和谢宝泉Philip Tse)两人操刀策展,带来一场别开生面的《樂與餌》(Big Catch on Live Bait)艺术展,作为主办方,我们感到十分荣幸。未来,弥森家园将成为促进新西兰艺术发展的创意小站,这次中新双方通力合作,也让参观者有机会与艺术家互动交流,深入了解他们的艺术人生。

 

Echo Janman

Arts and Culture Facilities Manager
Studio One Toi Tū and Nathan Homestead

Arts, Community and Events

Auckland Council

New Zealand   

 

新西兰奥克兰市议会艺术和社区活动部

Studio One Toi Tū弥森家园艺术文化设施管理负责人

厄科·简曼(Echo Janman


“concerto in ticktack” in Elam Grad Show 2015

 

Alvin will be there on 27th 5-8pm, 28th 2:30-4pm, 29th 10-4pm. :) 

Statement: 

In the Yin and Yang symbol, Yin is the black side with the white dot in it, and Yang is the white side with the black dot in it.[1] In Chinese aesthetic philosophy, Yin and Yang (darkness and light) describe how apparently opposite or contrary forces are actually complementary, interconnected, and interdependent in the natural world, and how they give rise to each other as they interrelate to one another.[2] As Francis Bacon said, “In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.”[3] This implies that darkness enhances the power of light, and the light makes the darkness even deeper.

 

My project investigates the relationship between light and shadow, by using their relationship within a minimalist sculptural light work. Light has been an important element in the visual world since ancient civilizations. The sanctity of light and sun is one of the most ancient and persistent themes within sacred art and architecture. People in ancient times worshipped the sun, reflecting their ancient thoughts that the sun had immortal power over human mortality. On the other hand, the importance of light is not only apparent in ancient art, but also appears in minimalist and post minimalist earth art, like James Turrell’s The Roden Crater Project and Nancy Holt’s Sun Tunnels.

 

In this work, I try to integrate Yin and Yang philosophy to modify the space, creating an atmosphere of harmony for the viewer. In this particular space, the white items are my Yang elements; the floating black fabric creating a non-flat volume to respond the white area and balancing the entire energy in the room.

Yin and Yang is also about the cycle of life: starting with the rising sun where the rays shine straight up. From there, the sun goes higher into the sky creating rays of light that point downwards creating shadows. As the sun rising, it creates energy and movement. Those items that were in the dark are now in the light. This thought provides a way to integrate drawing as a movement from the body into this contemporary light work. Drawing on my expression to respond to the light and showing the viewer how I worship light. Once the audience walks into the work, their body movements continuously activate the work together with the artist’s gesture, their presence completing the installation.

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[1] Schreuder, Duco. Vision and visual perception: The Conscious Base of Seeing. Bloomington: Archway Publishing, 2014

[2] “Yin and Yang.” Livelovecreate. Accessed November 7, 2015. http://www.livelovecreate.org/2014/09/yin-and-yang.html

[3]Fransic Bacon Quotes.” Brainy Quote. Accessed September 3, 2015. http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/f/francisbac119506.html

Title: concerto in ticktack

Medium: Light Emitting Diodes, electrical component, fabric, pigment

Dimension: approx. 14,000L x 3,000H x 3,000W mm

 

Elam Grad Show 2015

Congratulations!

University staff and I are excited to celebrate your final presentation at the preview of the Elam Grad Show 2015. As you know this event is one of the highlights of Auckland's art calendar. We look forward to seeing you and your whanau at the preview and hope you will encourage the wider public to attend the Grad Show during the subsequent weekend.

-Peter Shand, Head of School
 
Preview Event:
Friday 27 November, 5-8pm
Main Lawn, Elam B, Building 113, 5 Symonds St
(Behind the University clock-tower)

Public Open Days:

Sat 28 & Sun 29 November, 10am-4pm
Parking available at the Owen G Glenn Building and on Princes Street.


[Image: Olivia Blyth]

Eastern Courier: Artwork gives contemporary touch to old church

Eastern Courier: Artwork gives contemporary touch to old church by Meghan Lawrence

Alvin Xiong's luminous blue tubes rest high in the ceiling, weaving between beams and theatrical rigging.

His art installation is one of many in Uxbridge Creative Centre's newest exhibition Reaching the Horizon and Beyond.

The East Auckland artist took his inspiration from the title of the exhibition and the architecture of the gallery.

Alvin Xiong stands below his art installation Reaching the Horizon and Beyond.

"Because the Malcolm Smith Gallery used to be a church, the set up is quite special and has its own character," he says.

"I had to think about how I can use my light work to respond to these special qualities."

Xiong is a Master of Fine Arts student at Elam School of Fine Arts and has been using light as a medium for about four years.

His most recent work aims to create a special atmosphere and give the viewer an immersive experience.

"This installation is three dimensional and the viewer needs to raise their head to see and feel the light," he says.

The 27-year-old moved here from China after training at Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts.

Relocating was a chance to explore contemporary practices, he says.

In the last two years alone Xiong has been a finalist in eight different awards, including the Uxbridge Estuary Art Awards.

Visual arts manager and curator Balamohan Shingade says Reaching the Horizon and Beyond is one of the last exhibitions to be held in the Malcolm Smith Gallery, with Uxbridge undergoing redevelopment.

He says artists were chosen based on their ability to exploit and explore the space.

"The most important thing for me was responding to the fact we are going through redevelopments and that there is an underlying sense of change," he says.

The show spans across two locations, with a second set up at Ponsonby's Studio One Toi Tu.

Shingade says the two sites were chosen because of the unique changes they have been through.

"What we are trying to do is link the ambitions of the two centres and highlight the fact we are trying to respond to the potential of our communities," he says.

Reaching the Horizon and Beyond, an exhibition curated by Philip Tse, will be on show from August 5 to September 5.

Go to uxbridge.org.nz for more information.

 - Stuff

Link: http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/eastern-courier/71049896/artwork-gives-contemporary-touch-to-old-church

Group Show: Uxbridge (Malcolm Smith Gallery) - Reaching The Horizon And Beyond

“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” – Lao Tzu

Studio One Toi Tū occupies what was once a police station at the edge of the city, and Uxbridge, a Presbyterian Church in the eastern suburbs of Auckland. Today, both offer a new place for community as centres for arts and culture in metropolitan Auckland. Philip Tse’s two satellite exhibitions bring together a collection of artists whose works respond to our changeable world and the elusive horizon. Presented in collaboration with Studio One Toi Tū: 
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ON SHOW
5 August – 5 September 2015


EXHIBITION OPENING
Tuesday 4 August, 6pm – free

Join us for a Curator's Talk with Artists as part of the Exhibition Opening

 

ADDRESS: 

35 Uxbridge Rd, Mellons Bay, Auckland


PUBLIC PROGRAMMES
Thursday 3 September, 8pm – $8
In celebration of Tonga Language Week, Uxbridge Cinema presents Tongan Ark. Join us for a Director's Talk and Q&A with Paul Janman alongside the cinema screening.Call (09) 535 6467 for bookings, or click here for more details:
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Featuring artworks by Alvin Xiong, Andre Sampson, Dasul Lee, Deborah Crowe, Diane Scott, Emma Langridge, George Grim, Hanna Shim, Jamie Chapman, John Hodgson, Kingsley Melhuish, Miyoko McGregor Yamashita, Nim Flora Chan, Paul Janman with Richard von Sturmer and Ian Powell, Philip Tse, Rozana Lee, Shahenda Soliman, Shruti Yatri, Wai Kit Lam

 

Group show: Studio One (TOI TŪ) - Reaching the Horizon and Beyond

“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like” – Lao Tzu

Studio One Toi Tū occupies what was once a police station at the edge of the city, and Uxbridge, a Presbyterian Church in the eastern suburbs of Auckland. Today, both offer a new place for community as centres for arts and culture in metropolitan Auckland. Philip Tse’s two satellite exhibitions bring together a collection of artists whose works respond to our changeable world and the elusive horizon. In collaboration with Uxbridge Creative Centre (10 August – 5 September).

Featuring work by Alvin Xiong, Andre Sampson, Dasul Lee, Deborah Crowe, Diane Scott, Emma Langridge, George Grim, Hanna Shim, Jamie Chapman, John Hodgson, Kingsley Melhugish, Miyoko Yamashita McGregor, Nim Flora Chan, Paul Janman, Richard von Sturmer, Ian Powell, Philip Tse, Rozana Lee, Shahenda Soliman, Shruti Ytari and Wai Kit Lam.

Exhibition Opening: WEDNESDAY 29 JULY, 5 - 7PM
Address: 1 Ponsonby Rd, Greg Lynn, Auckland 1011


On Show: 30 JUL - 20 AUG
In Gallery: ONE, THREE AND FOUR