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Conversations Through The Asian Collections

It was the day after ALL the assignments had been submitted. With an aura of liberation, I made another visit to the Art Gallery of NSW.

Am pretty sure I saw this at the White Rabbit.


My favourite.

“In a world defined by spectacle and information overload, how loud should an artwork be? Some artists respond by producing works that shout for attention. Suda takes the opposite approach, creating objects so quiet that we must slow down and re-focus to perceive them.”


“… a universal metaphor for the clash between consumer-driven progress and and the preservation of historical artefacts.”


“… a spectacular meditation on Buddhist ideas of impermanence and time. Repeating the numbers 1 to 99 in different combinations and rhythms, his installation evokes a a continuous cycle of death and rebirth. Zero, which would indicate an end, is nowhere to be seen… Invites each of us to contemplate our place in the universe where everything is connected and ever-changing.” 

Primavera 2014

“This Primavera is but a small selection of young Australian artists making wonderful work driven by an endless intelligence and deep curiosity. I am ever grateful for their inspiration and resilience.”

– artist Mikala Dwyer, exhibition curator


Your Mind Is Exactly At That Line

If you are simply someone following a set of instructions to produce something which, according to modern terminology, is defined as art, are you really an artist?

Sol Lewitt believes in the idea and concept of art, more than the process, the end-product, and possibly more than the ego of the person who produces the art work.

When I read this letter encased inside the glass display, from Lewitt to one of his close correspondents in Australia, I felt identified with him immediately.

“I don’t know about doing too many shows in Australia. I would prefer to do a wall drawing for your office and one for each of the museums in Sydney and Melbourne… I don’t want to do any lectures or parties, dinners and too much social stuff.

I wanted to grab the curator of the room and say to him: “Look! He doesn’t want the social stuff! I can totally understand him! Art for the sake of art, nothing of the other peripheral things like social gatherings and obligations! I can totally understand!!”

Of course I did not.  I simply smiled to myself, took a picture, and left the room, silently consoled that I know of one more soul on this planet who needs solitude in order for full expression to be achieved.

White Rabbit Gallery – “Reformation”

A privately-owned contemporary chinese art gallery. This has been on my to-visit list for awhile. However, I had to wait for them to re-open while they took time to set up the new exhibition.

And wow, the wait was definitely worth it.




If you think this is a typical chinese ink painting… it is not. What it turned out to be made of totally blew us away.



My favorite, for obvious reasons. Unfortunately it came with another more creepy-looking figurine which I shall not post here.


The teahouse at the ground floor of the museum was also very peaceful, welcoming, and enticing. I can just imagine sitting there, sipping their well-received chinese tea, contemplating on the exhibits, chatting with a friend, reading, watching people walk past to central park…