Gallery 4 & 5

CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS

4 to 20 February
 

‘Accept Each Word Spoken with Love’ is of the work of twelve young Asian artists – some recent graduates, others in their final years of studying at tertiary art institutions. Miao Xu, who curated the exhibition, used a poem, ‘Logos’, by American poet Mary Oliver as a starting point - 
 
Why worry about the loaves and fishes?
If you say the right words, the wine expands.
If you say them with love
and the felt ferocity of that love
and the felt necessity of that love, the fish explode into many.
Imagine him, speaking,
and don’t worry about what is reality,
or what is plain, or what is mysterious.
If you were there, it was all those things.
If you can imagine it, it is all those things.
Eat, drink, be happy.
Accept the miracle.
Accept, too, each spoken word
spoken with love.
 
“Language”, Miao notes, “shapes the way we think and transforms humanity ….
The use of language requires that we constantly adjust and reinvest words and their meanings with the practical intention of increasing communal harmony and significance. It is not necessary to define the boundary between English and Asian languages, or to overcome the imposed cultural context by highlighting the importance of transcultural communication. This exhibition showcases the honest heart and purest love for art, in the language of twelve young Asian artists. If you are here, accept each word spoken with love.”