Gallery 1, 2, 3

Blue and White 

For over a thousand years, porcelain was one of the most universally admired and widely imitated products in the world. Since its invention in the seventh century, it has been a prime vehicle for the assimilation and transmission of culture, artistic symbols, themes, and designs across vast distances. “Blue and white” is one of the classic decorative approaches for Chinese porcelain, being recognised all over the world as a symbol of Chinese culture. 

This exhibition shines a light on New Zealand-Chinese artists Wei Lun Ha, Gavin Chai and Alvin Xiong across the wide discipline of paintings, drawings, photography and lightworks. From their lineage of Chinese ancestry and culture, each came to New Zealand at a certain age from three different countries. They not only have a different background, but also hold dissimilar perspectives about contemporary art and transcultural communication. Beyond the knowledge of traditional Chinese aesthetics, their visions on “blue and white” reflect the diversity of values and philosophies in contemporary Chinese art.

This exhibition will run from 6th to 26th  August 2018.

About the Artists

Wei Lun Ha, is a Vietnam-born Chinese New Zealander and holds a master's of architecture degree from the University of Auckland. His art practice is based around his keen interest in eco-friendly issues and contemporary identity in Chinese ink paintings. The work's complex interaction with Chinese porcelain patterns weaves historical references and significant moments behind his objects. 

Gavin Chai is a Malaysian-born Chinese artist working mainly with oils. His art practices focus on the act of making, experimenting, reflecting life experiences and self-examination in searching for his identity. He is constantly being motivated by emotional factors, through encounters with spectacle and music that stimulates his inner sensibilities. Thus, every stroke of colour he lays down onto the canvas is reflective of these emotions. Although most of Gavin’s works are dominated by the vibrancy of life narratives and colours, his “still life series” is simply a practice that explores the artist’s personality and identity, with respect to his heritage. Currently, Gavin is studying visual arts at AUT. 

Alvin Xiong, is born in Guangzhou (Canton), China. His practice has long concentrated on investigating the idea of painting with light. Xiong explores using light as one of his painting mediums, integrating different LED components and tradition painting theories and techniques to create his works. Alvin is an accomplished painter, photographer, sculptor and teacher.

An artists' talk will be held at 2pm Sunday 19th August in Gallery 4-5.