Surface Handling Opens at Dunlop Art Gallery

Mar. 29, 2018

For immediate release: March 29, 2018

Surface Handling Opens at Dunlop Art Gallery

Surface Handling, opening at the Dunlop Art Gallery on April 6, brings together the ancient and revered with the modern, youthful and irreverent, but for once past and present do not clash, but rather coexist in beautiful harmony.

Artists Diyan Achajadi and Brendan Lee Satish Tang are of mixed cultural heritage. The many strands that comprise their cultural identity influence the materials, techniques, and topics represented in their work. With a strong appreciation for traditional media – Tang is a ceramicist and Achjadi is a printmaker – both artists commit to the labour and processes necessary to their respective crafts. Their works conjure the past, while providing relevant reflections on cultural, technological, and environmental issues of the present.

Tang, who was born in Dublin and is of Chinese and Indian descent, creates ceramic sculptures that fuse tradition and innovation. For example, delicate white and blue vases in the Ming and Qing Dynasty style sprout from a ceramic comic-book style rocket.

Achjadi was born in Jakarta to a West-Javanese father and an English-Canadian mother. Her mixed cultural heritage inspires and enriches her work. Primarily a printmaker, she creates sophisticated patterns on wallpaper and on drawing and print installations. While her work might look like traditional Javanese and Chinese wallpaper, the subjects are contemporary and touch on topics such as cultural appropriation and colonization.

In their collaborative project, Residue: Tracing the Lore, the two artists use plastic printing plates to impress intricate patterns on the skin of close relatives. The ephemeral results are captured in a series of close-up photographs. Visitors are invited to create temporary impressions on their own skins.

“This is Tang and Achjadi’s first exhibition in Regina, although they have quite a fan base here already,” says Wendy Peart, Curator at Dunlop Art Gallery. “Both artists present visually intriguing work that considers many relevant topics, such as popular culture, history, race and the environment.”

Surface Handling will be open at Dunlop Art Gallery in Central Library from April 6 to May 19. It will also feature an Artists’ Talk on Friday, April 6, at 6:00 pm, and a workshop on bas relief sculpture on Saturday, April 7, at 1:30 pm.

Photo credit: Diyan Achjadi and Brendan Lee Satish Tang, Residue – DA1, 2015, pigment print on paper. Documentation of ephemeral blind embossment on skin. Edition of 5. Photo: Suzanne Ward, courtesy of the artists.


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Margherita Vittorelli
Marketing and Communications Consultant
Regina Public Library


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