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Renowned Chinese-Australian contemporary artist shows bronze busts at Dogwood Crossing, Miles

9 April 2015

Stunning life-size bronze busts will be on display at Dogwood Crossing, Miles throughout April and May courtesy of the Queensland Art Gallery │Gallery of Modern Art’s (QAGOMA). The travelling exhibition by Ah Xian titled Metaphysica will officially open in the John Mullins Memorial Art Gallery on Friday 17 April at 6.30pm.

Western Downs Regional Council Spokesperson for Community and Cultural Development and Health Services Councillor Carolyn Tillman said this exhibition is a wonderful opportunity for art lovers to experience items from the Queensland Art Gallery collection in a regional setting.

“Dogwood Crossing, Miles is one of 14 regional art galleries the Queensland Art Gallery │Gallery of Modern Art’s Ah Xian: Metaphysica exhibition will be touring to, and Council looks forward to hosting such a wonderfully unique exhibition in our region,” she said.

“Visitors to the exhibition will see ten of the artist’s skilfully cast busts and I’m sure the found objects Ah Xian has used, such as religious deities, a fish, a rabbit and a baby, will encourage many discussions by viewers about what they believe in, love, appreciate and enjoy.

“The artist began the Metaphysica series in 2007 and we’re pleased that QAGOMA is bringing this exhibition to our Western Downs so that locals and visitors can easily view these beautiful sculptures. So, I strongly encourage you to RSVP to attend the official opening by contacting the friendly staff at Dogwood Crossing, Miles.”

Ah Xian is a senior Chinese-Australian artist, best known for his contemporary use of the ancient mediums of porcelain, lacquer, cloisonné and jade. The bronze busts, cast from real life through a lengthy process, show a subtly different patina and expression. The different symbolic objects above the figures’ heads explore the nature of existence and imply something beyond the physical entities we inhabit.

To attend the official opening of the Ah Xian: Metaphysica exhibition, attendees need to RSVP by Wednesday 15 April by contacting Dogwood Crossing, Miles on 07 4628 5330 or dogwood.crossing@wdrc.qld.gov.au.

Also showing on the Curved Wall is the exhibition In the Looking Glass, a collection of self-portraits by the Six Artists From Out of Nowhere. Both exhibitions will be on display at Dogwood Crossing, Miles until Saturday 30 May 2015.

For more information on the Ah Xian: Metaphysica touring exhibition visit www.dogwoodcrossing.com.au.

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