Ah Xian
METAPHYSICA

13 Apr 2013 – 16 Aug 2015
ON TOUR | Free

'Ah Xian: Metaphysica' features bronze busts from an ongoing series by Chinese–Australian artist Ah Xian.

Cast from life in a lengthy process, each figure in 'Metaphysica' is subtly different in patina and expression. Distinguishing each are the items resting atop the heads — objects purchased by the artist from Beijing antique and craft markets or from roadside stalls, and ranging from deities and temples to animals and lamps. The artist describes them as 'auspicious symbolic objects which reflect what people believe, love, appreciate and enjoy'. Some have a Buddhist influence and some draw from historical or traditional tales, while others are from the artist's imagination.


Ah Xian, China/Australia b.1960 / Metaphysica: Immortal on deer 2007 / Bronze and brass / Gift of the artist through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation 2010. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery © The artist

Ah Xian, China/Australia b.1960 / Metaphysica: Immortal on deer 2007 / Bronze and brass / Gift of the artist through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation 2010. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery © The artist.

Ah Xian, China/Australia b.1960 / Metaphysica: Immortal on deer 2007 / Bronze and brass / Gift of the artist through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation 2010. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery © The artist

Ah Xian, China/Australia b.1960 / Metaphysica: Immortal on deer 2007 / Bronze and brass / Gift of the artist through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation 2010. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery © The artist.

Ah Xian, China/Australia b.1960 / Metaphysica: Immortal on deer 2007 / Bronze and brass / Gift of the artist through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation 2010. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery © The artist

Ah Xian, China/Australia b.1960 / Metaphysica: Immortal on deer 2007 / Bronze and brass / Gift of the artist through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation 2010. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery © The artist.

Ah Xian, China/Australia b.1960 / Metaphysica: Immortal on deer 2007 / Bronze and brass / Gift of the artist through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation 2010. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery © The artist

Ah Xian, China/Australia b.1960 / Metaphysica: Immortal on deer 2007 / Bronze and brass / Gift of the artist through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation 2010. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery © The artist.

Ah Xian, China/Australia b.1960 / Metaphysica: Immortal on deer 2007 / Bronze and brass / Gift of the artist through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation 2010. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery © The artist

Ah Xian, China/Australia b.1960 / Metaphysica: Immortal on deer 2007 / Bronze and brass / Gift of the artist through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation 2010. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery © The artist.

Ah Xian, China/Australia b.1960 / Metaphysica: Immortal on deer 2007 / Bronze and brass / Gift of the artist through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation 2010. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery © The artist

Ah Xian, China/Australia b.1960 / Metaphysica: Immortal on deer 2007 / Bronze and brass / Gift of the artist through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation 2010. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery © The artist.


Each object holds importance for the artist. He believes the top of the head is the site where 'our wishes, imaginations, and spiritual souls linger … The skull is like a skylight to link our emotions and souls with the imaginative possibilities of the spirit'. Like the philosophy of metaphysics, these sculptures joyously explore the nature of existence and imply aspects that lie beyond the physical bodies we inhabit.


Tour Venues

Cairns Regional Gallery

28 Jun – 11 Aug 2013

Caboolture Regional Art Gallery

17 Aug – 5 Oct 2013

Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery

31 Oct – 8 Dec 2013

Artspace Mackay

14 Dec 2013 – 25 Jan 2014

Rockhampton Art Gallery

7 Feb – 23 Mar 2014

Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery

29 Mar – 11 May 2014

MUNDUBBERA REGIONAL ART GALLERY

17 May – 3 Jul 2014

LOGAN ART GALLERY

8 Aug – 13 Sep 2014

NOOSA REGIONAL GALLERY

10 Oct – 23 Nov 2014

GYMPIE REGIONAL GALLERY

29 Nov 2014 – 1 Feb 2015

TYTO REGIONAL ART GALLERY, INGHAM

7 Feb – 29 Mar 2015

REDLAND ART GALLERY

5 Jul – 16 Aug 2015

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