Crossing Lines

An exhibition by artist in residence Guan Wei in collaboration with British artist Wayne Warren.

30 July - 2 August 2015

1pm to 6pm Thursday to Sunday

Private View: Thursday 30 July, 6pm to 8pm

We are delighted to present Crossing Lines, an exhibition by artist in residence Guan Wei (Australia Council for the Arts) in collaboration with British artist Wayne Warren at the Acme Project Space.

Crossing Lines expresses concern with human behaviour, focusing on areas of disruption where violence, greed and corruption prevail over harmony and tolerance within societies.

Wei’s work embodies current social and environmental dilemmas, presented through complex symbolic forms. The work Paper wars, which is presented as part of Crossing Lines was originally created after the events of 9-11. Within this work Wei uses various military symbols sketched onto a copy of Xian Gong’s Qing Dynasty landscape painting. Wei has continued to re-work the painting to produce an animation film, also on display.

Paper wars is inspired by the work of French social theorist and critic Jean Baudrillard. Wei explores the concept of war as simulacra. It is no longer 'up close' with real guns and bullets, nor is it bloody. It is virtual. Paper wars presents 'moving symbols', by re-organising, arranging, and categorising common military symbols and placing them in a traditional landscape painting, in order to bring real situations of war to life.

Wayne Warren’s work focuses on the relationship between architecture and the influences of human decision making and actions on the global environment. His work presents conflicting notions of continuity, stability, collapse, suspension, preservation, time and materiality, referring to an increasingly frail environment, where structures can fall apart and nature pushed to the point of extreme destruction. Warren uses these reference points to discuss the long term side effects of human behaviour in relation to the global environment and the dwindling natural resources.

Born in Beijing, China in 1957, Guan Wei first arrived in Australia in 1989 to take up an artist-in-residence opportunity at the Tasmanian School of Art, after graduating from the Department of Fine Arts at Beijing Capital University. He now lives and works in both Beijing and Sydney. Guan Wei has held more than 55 international solo exhibitions and has exhibited at numerous Biennals and major exhibitions, including: Shanghai Biennial 2010; 10th Havana Biennial, Cuba, 2009; ‘Handle with Care’ Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, at Art Gallery of South Australia, 2008; ‘Face Up: Contemporary Art from Australia’, Hamburger Bahnhof Museum, Berlin 2003; Osaka Triennial Contemporary Art space Osaka Japan 2001; ‘Man and Space’, Kwangju Biennale 2000´╝Ťand Third Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Gallery Australia 1999. He has also undertaken a number of international residenci es, at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, Canberra School of Art, Australian National University, The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation USA, He Xiang Ning Art Museum and OCT Contemporary Art Terminal Shenzhen, China.

Graduating in 1972 from Exeter University with a bachelor’s degree in Art and Education Psychology, British artist Wayne Warren works in a variety of 3D and 2D art forms and media. With exhibitions in Asia, Europe, and the United States, Warren’s most recent exhibits include Personal Structures-Crossing Borders, Palazzo Mora, 56th Venice Biennale, 2015; “International Artist”, Tianjin Creative Industries Expo 2013, Tianjin, China; “Moniker Art Fair 2013”, London, U.K.; and La Rondine Gallery, Bagni di Lucca, Italy. Warren’s work is represented in public collections internationally, including Judith Neilson, Founder/Director, White Rabbit Collection, Sydney; Lloyds The First Ten Years Luton Museum and Art Gallery, England; The Long Gallery; Birmingham University; Lloyds Bank, England; Norwich Hospital; Montclair Kimberley Academy, NJ, USA; and Cambridge University and numerous private collections in Australia, Britain, Kore a, Japan, Hong Kong, China and the United States. 

Acme Project Space
44 Bonner Road
E2 9JS