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Cyrus Tang,  Topophilia 2 , 2019, bronze, Paula Tsui’s cassette tape, crystal, mirror box, 44 x 43 x 61 cm

Cyrus Tang, Topophilia 2, 2019, bronze, Paula Tsui’s cassette tape, crystal, mirror box, 44 x 43 x 61 cm

CYRUS TANG is one of five artists whose work makes up the new exhibition at RMIT Gallery Insistent Gestures. This exhibition brings together artists who live, work or were born in Asia to explore personal narratives.

The repetitive movements – or insistent gestures – of making carry a sense of ritual and intimate recollection that resonates with the artists’ personal histories. Here an insistent, female and labour creating subjectivity is woven into being.

Tang's bronze series Topophilia is on show, with nos. 1 & 2 visible through specially installed peepholes, and no.3 mounted on the wall.

The exhibition continues until 9 November.

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Cyrus Tang, 'The Imperative', HD video, 1.48 min

Cyrus Tang, 'The Imperative', HD video, 1.48 min

CYRUS TANG is supporting Sleepless Summer, a solidarity project bringing together artists from Hong Kong and Australia which endeavours to rally support for democracy protests in HK.

Curated by Nikki Lam, Sleepless Summer will present a group exhibition alongside a public program of artist discussions, performances and solidarity actions like protest-banner-making.

A selection of independent publications on Hong Kong's civil rights struggles, collected by Zine Coop, will also be presented.

Tang is showing her video work, The Imperative.

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Cyrus Tang,  The Modern World Encyclopaedia Vol.2 , 2017, cremated book ashes, book cover, dimensions variable.

Cyrus Tang, The Modern World Encyclopaedia Vol.2, 2017, cremated book ashes, book cover, dimensions variable.

Congratulations to CYRUS TANG, a finalist in this year's Banyule Award for Works on Paper.

The 2019 Banyule Award called on artists to submit artworks that address current social, cultural, political or environmental issues. In Tang's selected work, the artist has taken a 1936 encyclopaedia and burned and arranged its contents. In this transformation of material, she suggests that the knowledge of the past has disappeared and we have not learnt from history.

The finalist exhibition will run from 28 August at Hatch Contemporary Arts Space in Ivanhoe.

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Cyrus Tang,  Golden Hour - Summer Snow - 108 mins , 2018, archival pigment print, 65 x 65 cm.

Cyrus Tang, Golden Hour - Summer Snow - 108 mins, 2018, archival pigment print, 65 x 65 cm.

Congratulations to CYRUS TANG and ANNE ZAHALKA, finalists in the 2019 Olive Cotton Award for photographic portraiture. 


The finalist exhibition will open on 12 July and continue until 22 September, with the winner announced at the exhibition opening at Tweed Regional Gallery on Saturday 13 July at 5pm.

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Anne Zahalka,  The Ambassadors , 2017, pigment ink on canvas, 124 x 94.4 cm.

Anne Zahalka, The Ambassadors, 2017, pigment ink on canvas, 124 x 94.4 cm.

LYNDELL BROWN & CHARLES GREEN | CYRUS TANG

Cyrus Tang,  The Final Cast Off , 2016-17, 2 channel video projection on Chinese paper scroll, dimensions variable.

Cyrus Tang, The Final Cast Off, 2016-17, 2 channel video projection on Chinese paper scroll, dimensions variable.

LYNDELL BROWN & CHARLES GREEN and CYRUS TANG are included in the Castlemaine State Festival, opening today.
In Tang's work 'The Final Cast Off', exhibited as part of the festival, the artist has used incense ashes mixed with charcoal to create the images of Alice and Daisy, who represent the new Chinese elite. The video work is a gesture of worship for these two incredible Chinese women.

The exhibition continues until 31 March.

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Cyrus Tang Exhibition  installation view, Ten Cubed, Glen Iris, 2019. Photograph: Cyrus Tang.

Cyrus Tang Exhibition installation view, Ten Cubed, Glen Iris, 2019. Photograph: Cyrus Tang.

CYRUS TANG will be giving an artist talk at Ten Cubed on Saturday 16 March, from 11am - 12pm.

Throughout her practice, Tang employs a range of variously permanent and ephemeral materials including clay, water, ash, steam, snow, human’s heartbeat, animal bones, and human hair. These produce a visual representation suggestive of the contrast and contradiction between appearance and disappearance, and between ephemerality and permanence.

Cyrus Tang's solo exhibition at Ten Cubed continues until 4 May.

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Cyrus Tang,  Children’s Encyclopaedia Vol. 6,  2016, cremated book ashes, book cover acrylic case, 29 x 21 x 21 cm.

Cyrus Tang, Children’s Encyclopaedia Vol. 6, 2016, cremated book ashes, book cover acrylic case, 29 x 21 x 21 cm.

CYRUS TANG is currently featured in Art Money’s Stockroom favourites, curated by Jason Phu.

Phu says of Tang’s practice: "I love Cyrus' work, especially her cremated book series. it's the sort of work that makes you slow down and actually create a connection. It is nostalgic and speaks of loss and remembrance but without all the cliches. a beautiful work."

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Opening today is CYRUS TANG's first solo exhibition at Ten Cubed.

Ten Cubed began collecting Cyrus Tang in 2016 with the acquisition of the Children's Encyclopaedia series and has continued to collect her photographic and sculptural works throughout 2017 and 2018.

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Cyrus Tang,  4505.00s , 2016, archival giclee print, 100 x 100cm.

Cyrus Tang, 4505.00s, 2016, archival giclee print, 100 x 100cm.

GUAN WEI & CYRUS TANG

GUAN WEI has curated the exhibition Niche Construction at Vermilion Art, including the work of CYRUS TANG.

According to Guan Wei's curatorial statement: ‘Niche Construction is an idea borrowed from evolutionary biology. It refers to the process whereby living organisms, through their activities and choices, modify their own and each other’s environment. In the context of culture and art, niche construction is a process in which individuals, although living in a unique and protected space, connect, collaborate, compete, and have influence on one another. 
The artists in this exhibition come from diverse cultural backgrounds and have different lived experience. They come from or have lived in mainland China, Pakistan and Hong Kong. What they have in common is that they all currently live in Australia and have been influenced by eastern culture. The inevitable clash of cultures fosters the creation by the artist of niches in which their artistic expression can flourish. Importantly the viewers and their interactions with the art, and the impact of the art on the society at large are a vital part of niche construction’.

The exhibition continues until 10 November.

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Cyrus Tang,  Lacrimae Rerum - 4505.00 s , 2016, Archival pigment print, 100 x 100 cm.

Cyrus Tang, Lacrimae Rerum - 4505.00 s, 2016, Archival pigment print, 100 x 100 cm.

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Cyrus Tang,  Stupa  (Still), 2017, 3 channel video in loop, 6.14 mins.

Cyrus Tang, Stupa (Still), 2017, 3 channel video in loop, 6.14 mins.

This weekend, as part of OzAsia Festival, three of CYRUS TANG's video works will be shown as part of a collaboration with Speak Percussion.

The project, titled Assembly Operation will be showing in the Adelaide Festival Centre from 27 -28 October 2018 and draws upon the visual, sonic and conceptual qualities of the famed Chinese one yuan note.

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Cyrus Tang,  A Simple Life (118) , 2018, archival pigment print, 65 x 65cm.

Cyrus Tang, A Simple Life (118), 2018, archival pigment print, 65 x 65cm.

Congratulations CYRUS TANG!

Cyrus Tang received the Colour Factory Honourable Mention for her work 'A simple life (118 minutes)', 2018 from her series 'Golden hour', as part of the William & Winifred Bowness Photography Prize.

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HONEY LONG & PRUE STENT | CYRUS TANG

HONEY LONG & PRUE STENT and CYRUS TANG have been selected as finalists in the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award 2018. The winner of the art price will be announced on 19 October, and an exhibition with the finalists will open on 20 October and run until 25 November at HOTA in the Gold Coast.

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Honey Long & Prue Stent ,  Salt Pool , 2018, Archival pigment print, 106 x 157 cm

Honey Long & Prue Stent, Salt Pool, 2018, Archival pigment print, 106 x 157 cm

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CYRUS TANG has been profiled in NAVA's The Artist Files. 

In her video interview with NAVA, Tang chats about becoming an artist, developing her career and exploring her identity through her practice.

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Cyrus Tang,  Golden Hour – 16.43.12.2001 , 2018, archival pigment print, 120 x 70cm.

Cyrus Tang, Golden Hour – 16.43.12.2001, 2018, archival pigment print, 120 x 70cm.

CYRUS TANG is included in the exhibition This Wild Song at Town Hall Gallery, Hawthorn Arts Centre. 
The exhibition celebrates strong female leaders in the arts community and their creative vision.

The opening is 1 September, 2 - 4pm and continues until 21 October.

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JULIE RRAP, CYRUS TANG & ANNE ZAHALKA

Julie Rrap,  Breath Stream , 2018, pigment ink-jet print, hand-ground glass, 66.0 x 116.0 cm

Julie Rrap, Breath Stream, 2018, pigment ink-jet print, hand-ground glass, 66.0 x 116.0 cm

Cyrus Tang,  A Simple Life (118 minutes),  2018, archival pigment print, 65 x 65cm. 

Cyrus Tang, A Simple Life (118 minutes), 2018, archival pigment print, 65 x 65cm. 

Anne Zahalka,  Krazy Kashmiris in Stagland ,  2018, pigment ink-jet print on canvas, 100 x 136 cm

Anne Zahalka, Krazy Kashmiris in Stagland,  2018, pigment ink-jet print on canvas, 100 x 136 cm

Congratulations to JULIE RRAP, CYRUS TANG and ANNE ZAHALKA, who have been shortlisted for the prestigious 2018 Bowness Photography Prize.

The judging panel, Dr Michael Brand, Director of AGNSW, artist Dr David Rosetzky and Anouska Phizacklea, Director of MGA, made the selection from an incredibly strong field of entrants that reflected the diversity and depth of photographic practice in Australia. 

The winner will be announced 11 October.

The exhibition is open from 29 September – 18 November 2018.

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Cyrus Tang,  Golden Hour,  Installation view, ARC ONE Gallery, 2018.

Cyrus Tang, Golden Hour, Installation view, ARC ONE Gallery, 2018.

CYRUS TANG's exhibition at ARC ONE Gallery has been featured in the May Issue of Art Monthly Australasia. 

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Cyrus Tang, 14.14.16.004, 2018, archival pigment print, 90 x 150cm; Cyrus Tang, Golden Hour, archival pigment print, 90 x 90cm

Cyrus Tang, 14.14.16.004, 2018, archival pigment print, 90 x 150cm; Cyrus Tang, Golden Hour, archival pigment print, 90 x 90cm

With a unique capacity to explore nostalgia, memory, and absence, Cyrus Tang’s arresting new body of work is a powerful elegy on damage and loss, existence and presence.

For her second solo exhibition at ARC ONE Gallery, Tang continues her project of paradoxically reconstructing and recording ephemeral mental images and sensations in permanent materials. In this latest suite of photographic work, she employs the concept of the ‘Golden Hour’ to further her meditations on humanity.

The term first came to prominence during World War One where it was used by medics to describe the critical liminality between life and death experienced by battlefield trauma patients; that narrow window of time when medical intervention can still have a successful outcome.
The term is also used by landscape photographers to articulate the transition of light between night and day. Here the ‘Golden Hour’ refers to a brief period just before sunset, or just after sunrise, when the harsher contrast of daytime is reduced and light has a gentle glow and appears rounded and mellow, with long and soft shadows.

These two meanings inform this exhibition as Tang considers the balance of life and death associated with trauma and the transition between light and dark in her juxtaposition of two aesthetically disparate series of photographs which explore experiences of damage and loss.

In her haunting cityscapes, Tang has used high speed still photography to chronicle the destruction of a model city as it is repeatedly bombarded. Brutalist inspired high fired porcelain architectural structures erupt into dust evoking all too familiar contemporary media images of humanity at crisis point.

While in her portraits of friends, acquaintances, and strangers with Chinese cultural backgrounds, Tang has used overlaid long exposure times to record her sitters’ reactions to films related
to Hong Kong, Chinese cultural issues or history. The overlaid exposure times trace the facial expressions, shifts in movement, comfort and discomfort, absorption and impatience of her sitters as they watch these films for up to three hours. This extended period of reflection exposes private memories and emotions to Tang’s lens, producing images that are a powerful confluence of past and present.

Born in Hong Kong, Cyrus Tang moved to Australia in 2003. She completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) at the Victoria College of the Arts, Melbourne, in 2004, and her Master of Fine Arts (Research) at Monash University, Melbourne, in 2009. Cyrus has participated in a number of residency programmes, including Helsinki International Artist Program (2013); The National Art Studio in South Korea (2012); Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris (2009); and the Banff Centre, Canada (2008). She was the recipient of the Asialink Grant (2012); the Australian Council for

the Arts Skills and Arts Development Grant (2011) and New Work (Emerging) Grant (2009);
the Georges Mora Fellowship (2008); Theodor Urback Encouragement Award (2004); and The National Gallery of Victoria-Trustee Award (2003). Her works have been shown across Australia and in various countries internationally, including Finland, South Korea, Singapore, Japan, France, China and Sweden. She currently lives and works in Melbourne, Australia.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

Special thanks to John Young, Theodore Wohng, Pei Pei He, Sung Ling, Nikki Lam, Sophia Cai, Charles Lai, Zhong Chen, Yifeng Tan, Chonggang Du for their participation in this project.

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Cyrus Tang,  Lacrimae Rerum - 4505.00s,  2016, archival giclee, 100 x 100cm. 

Cyrus Tang, Lacrimae Rerum - 4505.00s, 2016, archival giclee, 100 x 100cm. 

CYRUS TANG has been shortlisted for the 65th Blake Prize, one of Australia’s longest standing and most prestigious prizes which encourages conversation about spirituality and religion through art. 

The winner of the $35,000 Blake Prize will be announced at the exhibition launch on 19 May 6-9pm at Casula Powerhouse Art Centre, Sydney.

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This Saturday 28 October CYRUS TANG will be participating in a panel discussion with TarraWarra International 2017: All that is solid… artists Tom Nicholson and Patrick Pound. Moderated by Victoria Lynn and titled 'Archives in the Present', the discussion will commence at 1pm.

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