Established as a commercial gallery with an emphasis on experimental and innovative practices, Artereal Gallery has built a strong reputation and some serious street-cred for presenting risk-taking and stimulating exhibitions by artists working at the forefront of contemporary practice.
Yellow Peril explores the impact and influence of mining and immigration on the Australian identity. Ron Robertson-Swann’s infamous Vault (1980) sculpture is the starting point for Eugenia Lim’s performative and playful new video work, which features a gold Mao-suited ‘Ambassador’ sent back in time to the goldfields of the 1850s (through the historical theme park of today – Sovereign Hill). Inspired by the observational comedy of Jacques Tati’s Playtime, Lim’s video work Yellow Peril takes a localised look at the evolving dynamics between Australia and China and the interconnected nature of our socio-economic future; the personal and political search for wealth and alluvial fulfilment. Large prints on gold emergency blanket depict Lim’s parents as new immigrants with the ‘Yellow Peril’ in City Square and the artist posed as ‘Ambassador’ with a gold replica of the ‘Welcome Stranger’.
“Disappearance is a notion that an absence can be a unique and expanded form of presence. It retains an excess meaning and experience. The process about capturing the lost imply a particular mental orientation, a sense of lost promise combined, perhaps, with a desire to redeem that promise in the future. It is a contemplative mode of thought that might lead to nostalgia and resignation or to renewed activism as the past is overlaid with, and tested against, the present. My works suggest a phantasmic site of loss: an eternal absence of the sort encountered in these visual images.”
Artist Statement, 2016
Tangent [tan-juh nt] noun
1. a straight line or plane that touches a curve or curved surface at a point, but if extended does not cross it at that point.
2. a completely different line of thought or action.
TWO CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS, SAM HOLT AND BEN ALI ONG, PRESENTING TWO EXPERIMENTAL NEW BODIES OF WORK…