Exhibition

Dark Fantasy

Eight framed black ink drawings on a white gallery wall. Above these drawings is a mural composed of black lines resembling tree branches or veins, stretching from a spine outwards.

When

04 October -
06 October 2019

Location

4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art

181-187 Hay St, Haymarket

Dark Fantasy plays with the narrative tropes, visual aesthetics and ideologies explored within the umbrella genre of fantasy as a method of navigating the potential crisis of identity. The works of Gerald Leung and Louise Zhang are uneasily fantastical, simultaneously drawing upon cyberpunk and body horror and personal experiences to construct imaginary scenes of unhinged otherness.

These fractured glimpses of otherworldly scenes, populated by Taoist demons, anatomical organs, health-goth angels and cyberpunk samurai, reflect the imagined realities Leung and Zhang have created as attempts at interpreting themselves. This exhibition asserts the artists’ personal narratives through their idiosyncratic methodologies, aesthetics and artistic production.

A white gallery space - on the left wall are eight drawings framed in black, hung under a mural composed of black lines resembling tree branches or veins. On the right is a five-panel plywood sculpture connected by metal hinges, painted black with neon and pastel clouds and flames
A close-up of the sculpture, cut to resemble black flame. The panels are painted with neon and pastel wisps of smoke and cloud against the black flame
Eight framed black ink drawings on a white gallery wall. Above these drawings is a mural composed of black lines resembling tree branches or veins, stretching from a spine outwards.
A painting with a peach-coloured background and pastel green, teal and deep blue clouds painted over, hung on a white gallery wall next to a glass window. A girl with long black hair walks past the glass window.
  

Top image: Gerald Leung, Brack Metal (Series), 2014 – , ink and pen on paper, custom mural; photo: Garry Trinh, courtesy the artist.