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Seeing art in juxtaposition

The Welsh capital is host to Juxtaposition, which explores the idea of what happens—generally but to the viewer in particular—when contrasting elements are placed on display parallel to one another, writes Eastern Art Report arts newsdesk.

Boundary Art, a gallery overlooking the Cardiff Bay, brings together artists native to Britain or with Asian roots.

‘Juxtaposition’ in the context of the exhibition may refer to elements, effects, environmental settings, even moods. Explored in this art show, for example, are light and dark, summer and winter, happiness and sadness, the intention being to induce or ‘release’ a specific quality or effect of the artistic consumption for the benefit of the as-yet-unknown audience.

Viewer reaction to or interaction with indigenous (local ‘western’ art) and the not-so-familiar art from afar, even when often produced locally by ‘overseas’ artists resident in a western milieu, are among some of the themes being explored.

Cheng Ping Gang 2017: Verve series, Chinese ink on xuan rice paper, 26cm x 26cm
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Cheng Ping Gang 2017: Verve series, Chinese ink on xuan rice paper, 26cm x 26cm

Works by two artists active in the western tradition, painters Arnold Lowrey and Alistair Tucker, interact with works by Shanghai artist Ping Gang Cheng and Malaysian artist Yuet Yean Teo, the latter a longtime London resident. All four are practising artists as well as tutors.


Yuet Yean Teo 2016: Spring, Chinese ink on xuan rice paper, 45cm diameter
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Yuet Yean Teo 2016: Spring,, Chinese ink on xuan rice paper, 45cm diameter


Arnold Lowrey 2017: The Golden Tree, 66cm x 86cm
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Arnold Lowrey 2017: The Golden Tree, watercolour on paper, 66cm x 86cm

Arnold Lowrey paints in water colours,
 oils, pastels and acrylics and has taught and demonstrated skills at workshops in Britain and abroad.


Alistair Tucker 2014: To Breathless Nature's Dark Abyss, graphite on paper, 56cm x 76cm
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Alistair Tucker 2014: To Breathless Nature’s Dark Abyss, graphite on paper, 56cm x 76cm

Alistair Tucker, head of art at The Queen’s School in
 Chester, paints British landscapes, their shapes and forms and the effect of weather and light.

Ping-Gang Cheng, resident in Shanghai, draws on Chinese painterly traditions in broad brushstrokes and calligraphy.

Malaysia-born British resident Yuet Yean Teo paints and teaches art, drawing on training at Nangyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore,
 and later at the Universtity of the Arts, 
London. 
She explores light and shadows, employing structures or compositions in
 interior and exterior spaces.

Juxtaposition. 22 July – 30 September. Boundary Art, 3 Sovereign Quay, Cardiff CF10 5SF

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