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Artist Talk (ASL Interpreted) and Reception: Friday, April 6, 6:00 pm, Central Gallery
Brendan Lee Satish Tang and Diyan Achjadi combine elements of historic Asian decorative craft and contemporary material culture to examine how historical mythologies and familial lore are visually transmitted and culturally translated through time. With a strong appreciation for traditional media – Tang is a ceramicist and Achjadi is a printmaker – both artists commit to the labour and processes dictating the material handling of their respective crafts to conjure the past while providing relevant reflections on cultural, technological, and environmental issues of the present.
Diyan Achjadi was born in Jakarta, Indonesia to a West-Javanese father and an English-Canadian mother and grew up moving between Jakarta, Hong Kong, London, and Washington DC. Achjadi currently resides in Vancouver, BC where she is an Associate Professor of Visual Arts and Material Practice at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design. She has exhibited widely at galleries and film festivals across Canada and beyond.
Brendan Tang was born in Dublin, Ireland of Trinidadian parents and is a naturalized citizen of Canada.Tang has lectured at conferences and academic institutions across the continent, and his professional practice has also taken him to India, Europe and Japan. Tang has exhibited internationally, and is a recipient of the 2016 Biennale Internationale de Vallauris contemporary ceramic award. Tang’s work can be found in the collections of the Seattle Art Museum, the Ariana Muse in Geneva SW, Canada House in London (UK) and the Art Bank of Canada. He is based in Vancouver.
Diyan Achjadi and Brendan Lee Satish Tang, Residue – DA1, 2015, pigment print on paper. Documentation of ephemeral blind emobssment on skin. Edition of 5. Photo: Suzanne Ward, courtesy of the artists