2019 Darkroom Dinner Auction Items

Cyrus TANG

A simple life (118 minutes)  2018
from the series Golden hour – long exposure
pigment ink-jet print 65.0 x 65.0 cm
courtesy of the artist and Arc One Gallery (Melbourne)

edition: 2/2
estimate: $1100 – $1500

Cyrus Tang (1969– ) is a Hong Kong born, Melbourne-based artist, who moved to Australia in 2003. She was a 2018 Bowness Prize finalist and Honourable Mention recipient for this work which was presented as a eight-panel work from a larger series.

Tang studied Fine Arts (Hons) at Victoria College of the Arts (2004) and received a Master of Fine Arts (Research) from Monash University (2009). She has undertaken artist residencies at Helsinki International Artist Program (2013), The National Art Studio in South Korea (2012), Cite International de Arts, Paris (2009) and The Banff Centre, Canada (2008). She has exhibited in Australia, Helsinki, South Korea, Singapore, Japan, France, Shanghai and Sweden. She was the recipient of the Asia Link (2012), Skills and Arts Development (2011) and New Work (Emerging) Grant (2009) of the Australian Council for the Arts, George Mora Foundation Fellowship (2008), Theodor Urback Encouragement Award (2004), and The National Gallery of Victoria-Trustee Award (2003).

Artist statement: From an urban Chinese experience, we tend not to display emotions because that suggests vulnerability and even weakness. Disregarding the many years that we have lived in Western countries, this characteristic is still with us.

I enlisted acquaintances and agreeable strangers of Chinese cultural backgrounds as models for a series of hour-long exposure portrait photographs. I staged these by arranging for each model to sit still for 1.5 to 3 hours – the golden hour – during which they were shown a movie related to a Hong Kong/Chinese cultural issue or history. The overlaid long exposures traced their facial expressions and their shifts of position, recording their comfort and discomfort, their absorption and their impatience, their range of emotional responses.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.



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