Exhibition

HI MEDUSA!

Two woven tapestries suspended from columns in a garden. The one of the left is woven from red, gold and pink colours with three dancers centred and framed by flowers. The one on the right is composed from red and white petals, and blue leaves.

When

02 February -
17 February 2019

Location

Chinese Garden of Friendship

Chris Yee: HI MEDUSA! is an exhibition that creates a tangible connection between the Chinese-Australian communities of Sydney and provides a unique opportunity for visitors to engage with the history of the Garden through neo-traditional artworks depicting modern and historical Lunar New Year cultural imagery.

Presenting twelve new and existing bespoke tapestries by emerging Sydney artist Chris Yee, visitors to the Chinese Garden of Friendship during Lunar New Year 2019 go on a journey through the Gardens, discovering detailed, beautiful and humorous images at every turn. Yee’s design work evokes the experiences and narratives of the Chinese diasporic communities of the city expressed through a graphic sensibility that echoes that architectural forms and decorative embellishments of the Chinese Garden of Friendship. Hand woven, the tapestries in this special exhibition, presented by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, compliment the natural flow of the venue, synthesising a harmonious environment of traditional and contemporary artistic expression.

Artists

Two woven tapestries suspended from columns in a garden. The one of the left is woven from red, gold and pink colours with three dancers centred and framed by flowers. The one on the right is composed from red and white petals, and blue leaves.
A woven tapestry of children dancing, suspended next to red lanterns in a garden
A tapestry woven with the words 'World Tourist' under an Egyptian sphinx and names of Sydney suburbs
A woven tapestry of different couples dancing
A woven tapestry of a pair of cartoon eyes surrounded by red and black patterning, hanging above some plants in a garden
A woven tapestry of red, orange and yellow flowers, suspended in a Chinese pavilion
Close-up of a woven tapestry of two mirrored tigers surrounded by blue and peach-coloured clouds
Close-up of a woven tapestry of a boy dancing in a blue maze
  

Top image: Left to right: Chris Yee, TEAM (installation view), 2019, 100% American made, woven cotton yarn, 127 x 152.4cm, Chinese Garden of Friendship; 4 CORNERS (installation view), 2017, 100% American made, woven cotton yarn, 127 x 152.4cm, Chinese Garden of Friendship; commissioned by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney, Australia and produced for The Chinese Garden of Friendship, Darling Harbour for Lunar New Year 2019; photo: Chris Yee, courtesy the artist.

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