13 December 2011
Tooth and Nail: Contemporary ceramics at Chinese Museum
An exhibition of hybrid contemporary ceramics at the Chinese Museum in the heart of Melbourne's Chinatown celebrates the cross-cultural pollination between East and West since the 1500s.
Artwork by Fiona Wong Lai-ching.
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The ceramics featured in Tooth and Nail explore the sharing of artistic sensibilities and influence of ideas through the Asia-Pacific region, resulting in ceramic works that are uniquely different from those of American or European practitioners.
Curator, RMIT University's Stephen Gallagher, said the exhibition was the result of a 10-year partnership between the University and educational institutions throughout Asia, with a particular focus on the Hong Kong Art School.
"This connection has seen the development of unique styles and craftsmanship in ceramics that can be seen nowhere else," Mr Gallagher said.
Tooth and Nail includes work by artists from Australia, Beijing, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
They comprise Chinese artists living and working in China; Australian artists who have experienced China through art residency programs, travel or study; and Chinese artists who have been taught by Australian artists or had art residencies within Australia.
Artists featured are Joe Chan Kiu Hong, Sally Cleary, Kris Coad, Andrei Davidoff, Zhou Jie, Tsui Tze Kwan (Josephine), Robyn Phelan, Jane Sawyer, Kevin White, Fiona Wong Lai-ching and Monxi Wu.
Tooth and Nail is an RMIT School of Art and NETS Victoria touring exhibition.
Funded by NETS, Arts Victoria and the Gordon Darling Foundation, the exhibition will head to Hamilton Art Gallery, Latrobe Regional Art Gallery and Wangaratta Exhibitions Gallery in 2012-13.
Tooth and Nail: Cross-Cultural Influences in Contemporary Ceramics is at the Chinese Museum, 22 Cohen Place, Melbourne, to 15 January.
Self-portrait from Joe Chan Kiu Hong.