VEXTA has always wanted her art to make people think. On stepping into the gallery, her oeuvre remains characterised by the instinctive qualities that developed from an apprenticeship on the street, and has lost none of its distinctive élan.
Join gallery artist VEXTA in conversation with Jaklyn Babington, curator of SPACE INVADERS at the National Gallery of Australia this weekend in Canberra.
WHO: Vexta and Nails discuss their work featured in the Space Invaders exhibition with curator Jaklyn Babington
WHEN: Saturday, 30 October 2010, from 2-3pm.
WHERE: Project Gallery, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Admission free.
Jason Wing’s artworks are signs of hope that express the power of positive thinking for regeneration. The act of recycling, of rebirth through the addition of another layer of history, is an important starting point for this artist. His work is not about denial, but about the possibility of rebirth. It draws on his own negotiation of identity in the Australian cultural setting, combining elements from the rich traditions of his Aboriginal and Chinese heritages.
Wing has invented a personal iconography which he uses to stencil onto salvaged signs. Using a predominantly red, yellow, black and white palette that pays homage to colours customarily used by each culture, and stencils produced by the Chinese paper-cut method, the artist layers his creations, often self-representations, onto the didactics of the old signs.