Ink Remix

INK REMIX: Contemporary art from mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong 27 February – 21 May
墨變:中國大陸台灣香港當代藝術

Contemporary ink art has emerged in recent years as one of the most important artistic trends in mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong and it is attracting significant international attention.
This is the first exhibition presented in Australia to focus on this theme, and it features works in a range of media by 14 established and emerging artists from the region. These artists share a common interest in the idea of ink as a mutable and fertile field of artistic enquiry that they are exploring in innovative, playful and sometimes subversive ways.

East Asia has a long tradition of ink painting, yet it is often regarded as a quintessentially Chinese medium. In the West it is widely associated with ancient Chinese calligraphic scrolls and paintings depicting sublime, mythical landscapes painted in monochromatic washes using ink and brush
(bi mo). This exhibition offers new ways of thinking about ink as a multifaceted and dynamic form of visual expression that is being embraced and reinterpreted by increasing numbers of contemporary artists in the region. These artists are searching for a new language that is simultaneously local and global and connects the past with the present and future. The exhibition highlights these artists’ unique and shared, individual, cultural and regional perspectives.

INK REMIX emphasises the new and innovative aspects of contemporary ink art and it offers different ways of thinking about ink art as a contemporary and culturally heterogeneous form of visual expression that is not defined or restricted by style, subject or media. The exhibition features works in diverse media including painting, photography, ink jet prints, video and animation, as well as works in Coca-Cola on silk, tea and biro. The majority of works of art in this exhibition have been produced within the last decade, and several artists have created works especially for this project.

Sophie McIntyre
Exhibition curator

當代水墨藝術近年在中國大陸、台灣和香港成為最重要的藝術潮流之一,並引起廣泛的國際關注。本次展覽是在澳大利亞境內首次探討此議題的藝術展,呈獻14位來自該地區的知名和新興藝術家的多媒介作品。這些藝術家的共同興趣是以創新、俏皮甚至顛覆的方式,把水墨概念置於一個多變而富於想像的領域内進行藝術探究。

水墨畫傳統在東亞諸國源遠流長,並常被視為典型的中華媒材。在西方,水墨讓人聯想到古代中國書法捲軸和以筆墨素色描繪的恢宏神秘景致的繪畫。該展覽為水墨賦予全新的視界,其作為一種多面向、動態的視覺表達形式而被越來越多的當代藝術家重新演繹。這些藝術家在尋求本土與全球交融的新語言,並聯接著過去、現在和未來。本展覽突顯了這些藝術家獨特又共同、個人、文化和地域性的洞悉。

「墨變」強調當代水墨藝術的創新性,並為思考水墨藝術作為一種當代和文化異質的視覺表達形式提供不同的詮釋。此種形式不應囿於風格、主題或媒介。展覽中的作品媒材多樣,包括繪畫、攝影、噴墨打印、錄像和動畫,甚至包括使用可口可樂、茶和圓珠筆。大多數作品為近十年間製作,一些是專為本次展覽而創作。

Sophie McIntyre
策展人