Thursday, September 5, 2013

Cross cultural visual inheritance

Corban Estate Art Centre

Corban Estate Arts Centre's latest exhibitions by Simon Kaan, Kim Lowe, Sang Sool Shim and Keum Sun Lee, explores hybrid Asian identities through painting, printmaking and ceramics are on display from 13 September to 20 October 2013.

Dunedin based artist Simon Kaan, examines whenua (land) issues in this latest exhibition. Through multiple art disciplines the exhibition investigates the connection of land with water, to consider the responsibility of belonging to a place.  This exhibition features landscapes that combine visual motifs inherited from the artist’s, Kai Tahu and Chinese ancestry.

Kim Lowe is a Christchurch based artist and printmaker of New Zealand Chinese and Pakeha descent. Lowe’s latest exhibition of prints features new works based on past events and snippets of her diverse family's history.

Sang Sool Shim and Keum Sun Lee are self-taught potters, together they collaborate on large and small scale ceramic works. Hand thrown by Shim and intricately decorated by Lee, they work with both traditional Korean and contemporary ceramic techniques. Their artworks are influenced by their cultural heritage and a life set in the Waitakere Ranges of Auckland.

On Saturday 14 September, 10.30am artists Simon Kaan and Kim Lowe will present a joint exhibition talk, presenting an opportunity to hear these two South Island based artists.

Image captions:
Simon Kaan, Untitled (detail), 2013. Courtesy of Sanderson Contemporary Art.
Kim Lowe, Mrs Chrysanthemum patiently waits.... (detail), 2013.
Sang Sool Shim and Keum Sun Lee, The Eclipse Jar (detail), 2012.

Exhibitions details:

Exhibition: Te hā o te whenua -The breath of the land
Artist: Simon Kaan                                          
Exhibition dates: 13 September – 20 October 2013

Exhibition: Mrs Chrysanthemum patiently waits....        
Artist: Kim Lowe                                              
Exhibition dates: 13 September – 20 October 2013

Exhibition: Beauty of the four hands      
Artists:  Sang Sool Shim and Keum Sun Lee          
Exhibition dates: 13 September – 20 October 2013

Public programmes                                       
Exhibitions opening:                                                                                       Thursday 12 September, 6pm-8pm
Joint artist talk – Simon Kaan and Kim Lowe:                                        Saturday 14 September, 10.30am            
Entry:                                                                                                                    Free, all welcome

If you'd like more information about these exhibitions or for media inquiries please contact the curator, Kathryn Tsui: 09 838 4455 extension 203 or

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