Visual arts: Paradise’s Parasite III

1 July 2018

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12 – 26 July @ Spectrum Project Space ·
Presented by Brenton Rossow, Darren Tynan, Harrison See, Lianxi Zhang and Rebecca Jensen ·

Opening Thursday, 12 July 6 – 8pm
Runs 13 – 26 July Tues – Fri 10am – 5pm; Sat 12 – 5pm

Paradise’s Parasite III comes to Edith Cowan University’s (ECU) Spectrum Project Space after touring at Shanghai’s University of Science and Technology (USST), ARK Gallery I May 2017 and Yinghuang Tea Rooms at USST in October 2017. This series of exhibitions strengthens the relationship between ECU and USST, and creates a dialogue between China and Australia about the human impact upon the environment.

Paradise’s Parasite III draws attention to environmental issues though interdisciplinary collaboration and raises important questions about global consumer culture. The exhibition includes audio-visual, installation, painting, and found objects by Brenton Rossow, Darren Tynan, Harrison See, Lianxi Zhang and Rebecca Jensen. These five artists have created their work with the intention of meditating upon parasitic relationships humans have with the natural world.

Rossow and Zhang’s work has been an ongoing gestation for the past twenty years. By coincidence, both artists discovered they had been using the same photographic methods to capture their work, while living in different cultures thousands of kilometres apart.

See’s mediative reflections were created during his residency in China. Inspired by discussions with Zhang, concerning the relationship between humans and the natural world, See began to transpose these thoughts during a three month residency on the eastern Chinese island of Xiamen.

Tynan’s immersive soundscapes were recorded in the same locations Rossow produced his work, with the intention of providing a “pulse” to Rossow’s images collected in the Australian bush.

Jensen’s work explores the relationship one builds with nature in China. Using found cigarettes and production of tobacco as an analogy for her time spent in China, Jensen creates handmade papers with a questionable stench of consumption.

Paradise’s Parasite III will be open to the public from Friday, 13 July to 26 July at Spectrum Project Space, Mount Lawley Campus, Edith Cowan University.

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Image courtesy of Brenton Rossow.

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