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Charwei Tsai
Water , Ear th and Air : A ser ies of intimate installations
Presented in partnership with Queensland Art Gallery
23 October – 19 December 2009

Buddhist mantras written on ice, tofu and lotus leaves that wither and fade achieve a heightened state of quiet reflection in Charwei Tsai’s work. This most accomplished 30 year old’s video, photomedia, and performance works function as a meditation on life and death, on the ephemeral nature of existence and on art-making as a process.
The exhibition encourages viewers to take a moment out of their busy lives so as to ponder the relentless passage of time. All materials are sustainably sourced and renewable. Her approach is holistic and delicate, refined and reflective. Dr. Gene Sherman, Executive Director of SCAF says, “Charwei achieves great simplicity in
her work, yet delivers a sophisticated aesthetic. Tsai’s mantras free us from the tyranny of time, albeit for the briefest of moments. We meditate on life and death and experience the redemptive power of art as the tofu crumbles, the ice inevitably melts and the lotus flowerslose their bloom.”

Charwei Tsai’s series of intimate installations is presented in partnership with the Queensland Art Gallery (QAG/GOMA) and is co-curated by the artist and Suhanya Raffel,
Curatorial Manager, Asian and Pacific Art, QAG. Tsai will be artist-in-residence at Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation throughout October during which time she will
develop and realise the body of work for exhibition. Tsai will also show in the celebrated and star-studded Asia-Pacific Triennial, Brisbane from 5 December, 2009 to 5 April, 2010.

A full colour catalogue published by Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation will accompany the exhibition. In addition, Charwei Tsai’s limited edition artist’s periodical,
Lovely Daze, will be available for purchase through Words Etc., SCAF’s dedicated bibliotheka.