Meet the Artists
Talking with Artists: Shifting Perspectives with Dapeng Liu
Vermilion Art speaks to Sydney based artist Dapeng Liu, whose work delves into the artist’s relationship to the nature and environment that envelopes him. Dapeng Liu’s illusive landscape paintings explore the fusion of the East and the West, the old and the new, and the cyclical nature of time and space. The past bleeds into the present and the present informs the future as the artist portrays grandiose mountain scapes from the Song period juxtaposed against the spectacular Australian coastline. The artist’s solo exhibition at Vermilion Art, titled Shan Shui Australis showcases a mixture of Dapeng’s recent landscape series as well as some of his nude paintings.
The term Shan Shui refers to the traditional Chinese painting style of using a brush and ink to represent landscapes or scenery from nature, rather than employing typical forms of paint. Dapeng Liu’s artworks are also preoccupied with time and the notion of time as linear or 'fixed', but rather as a moment or duration constantly in flux. The past, present and future intertwine and mesh together.
Talking with Artists: Sculpting Poetry with Geng Xue
Vermilion Art speaks to Sydney Biennale featured artist Geng Xue, in an exclusive interview where she divulges the intimate tales and mythologies that not only inspire her art practice, but her whole way of being. Her elegiac ink paintings are currently on exhibition, alongside Sun Ziyao’s mixed-media works for Vermilion Art’s second exhibition of the year, Pareidolia.
Geng Xue’s video installation Poetry of Michelangelo (2015) is currently exhibited at Artspace for the 21st Biennale of Sydney. Hypnotic and spell bounding, the video work depicts the artist sculpting a man out of clay. Geng Xue mesmerises her audience through her masterful sculpture, as she sensually massages and moulds the material effortlessly.
Puzzles from the past: Wang Lifeng
Wang Lifeng’s exhibition Archives of Longing transcends time by reflecting on different periods from traditional Chinese art and history, inviting viewers to reinterpret the past and perhaps rethink the present. Wang’s mixed media artworks delicately employ classical Chinese techniques such as calligraphy, woodblock print and traditional Chinese ink painting as a vehicle to imagine, or reimagine life throughout China’s dynastic cycle. While the artist takes viewers back in time through his adoption traditional techniques, stories and pictorial accounts of Chinese history, he still embodies contemporary aesthetics through his skilful employment of mixed media evident in his meticulously detailed illustrations and intricate brush work. Wang’s seemingly haphazard montage of text, figures, landscape and architecture creates the impression that the artist is attempting to seek the truth by piecing together a puzzle from the past.
Navigating Liminal Space: Guan Wei
We sit down with internationally acclaimed artist Guan Wei. In this interview, Guan Wei communicates how he navigates the cultural divide between China and Australia through his art practice, and how he sees himself, to some extent, as a translator of the past for present day audiences. We touch on his recent public art installation at Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art as well as addressing his experience of curating Wang Lifeng’s exhibition Archives of Longing, currently exhibited at Vermilion Art.
The word liminality derives from the Latin word limen, meaning ‘threshold’, and literally refers to the thin piece of wood at the bottom of a window or door that separates inside from outside.The concept of liminal or liminality is interesting as it symbolises a transitional period or space that is neither here....