I enjoy exploring art galleries – but I often ran out of time to see all the current shows and exhibitions. So I was lucky that all the rain had cut short one of my hikes (a repeat of Wilson Trail Stage 3 with my friend Monica) so I could visit the Pearl Lam Galleries in the Pedder Building.
Spiritual as Mountains is a strange titles – but once you see the artwork it makes much more sense!
It is a group exhibition of contemporary Chinese art inspired by the spirituality of nature and traditional Chinese culture. The show is curated by Wang Chunchen, who is the curator of the China Pavilion at the 2013 Venice Biennale, and it includes the work of seven Chinese contemporary artists: Xu Bing, Xia Xiaowan, Su Xinping, Jizi, Wang Huangsheng, Lan Zhenghui and Zhang Wei.
My highlight of the show was Xu Bing’s Mustard Seed Garden Landscape Scroll where traditional landscape motifs, such as leaves, rocks and mountains, are rearranged to form a new landscape composition.
The bronze mountains and plateaus by Zhang Wei aim to symbolise the power of the Chinese spirit:
The bronze sculptures are in stark contrast to the simple yet elegant free flowing lines of Wang Huangsheng:
The show runs until May 9, 2014 and can be viewed every day from 10.30am to 7.00pm.
Pearl Lam Galleries
6/F, Pedder Building
12 Pedder Street