March 2015 Red Gate Residents

Mar 01,2015
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Anne Hastie, Australia, Painting/Photography
http://www.annehastie.com.au
I am a regular visitor to Beijing - it is a very creative place for me. My most recent solo show, Going, Going Gone... (Melbourne, May 2014) included paintings that reflected my specific responses to place and time - to being in Beijing in the depths of winter while it continues with its mindblowing unstoppable transformation into a mega-city.

My paintings explore the dynamism of Beijing; its many textures, its order and chaos and its many colors - from washed-out-winter, to bright lights and strong hues in the built environment and peoples’ clothing. 

I also explore the nature of paint itself. Through intricate layering, I exploit the interplay between paint, varnishes and Chinese inks.

My photographic activities often inform my painting practice. I reference the world around me, especially to urban landscape, and I have a particular interest in the inner city environment, and aerial photography. 

The work produced whilst participating in this Red Gate residency will be exhibited at the Kreisler Gallery, Melbourne in May 2015.

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Emily Hanako Momohara, USA, Video and Photography 
Momohara grew up near Seattle, Washington USA and earned her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Photography and her Bachelors of Arts in Art History from the University of Washington. She went on to receive her Masters of Fine Arts in Expanded Media from the University of Kansas, where she studied under Roger Shimomura. She was an Associate Professor of Art at the Art Academy of Cincinnati where she headed the photography major through 2013. In autumn 2014 Momohara moved to Shanghai, China where she works in her studio full-time.

Momohara has exhibited nationally, including group shows at the Light Factory; Griffin Museum of Photography; Houston Center for Photography and others. She has exhibited in many university galleries including: University of Cincinnati; University of Indiana; Murray State University and others. Momohara has been a visiting artist at several residency programs in the US including the Center for Photography at Woodstock, NY; Fine Arts Work Center, MA; Headlands Center for the Arts, CA; the Photographic Center Northwest, WA. She has been reviewed in many publications including Art Papers, Aeqai and on the US National Public Radio’s “Around Cincinnati.”

Even in Momohara’s short 4-months in Shanghai, she has been inspired by the growth and rapid changes of China. Momohara deals with ideas of identity and multiculturalism in her work and hopes to incorporate her new home into the narrative. She recently completed a triptych of works, which are directly inspired by the evolving Chinese landscape. While at the Red Gate AIR, she wants to immerse herself in Chinese culture, meet other artists and make new work. 

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Isa Schmidlehner, Austria
Isa Schmidlehner is a painter living between Berlin and Vienna.
 
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Bevan Shaw, New Zealand, Painting
http://bevanshaw.co.nz 
I am a visual artist from Wellington, New Zealand and I am exploring the process of how ideas change over time, through the mediums of painting and video. I am interested in perception and the relationship between structured pattern and free forms. I like to experiment with this by using bright colour, patterns and brushstrokes.

My residency (March, April, May) will be used to research aspects of traditional Chinese painting and create a new body of paintings responding to the architectural environment in Beijing. 
This will also involve taking site-specific sound recordings in Beijing, as well as documenting the studio painting process with digital photographs to reveal how the paintings change over time. 

The work produced during the residency will be shown in an open studio exhibition at Red Gate towards the end of the residency. The digital photographs and sound recordings gathered will be used to create a video work to be shown alongside the residency paintings at Toi Pōneke Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand in October 2015. 

 
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Alexa Wilson, New Zealand, Video/Performance
http://cargocollective.com/alexawilson
Alexa Wilson is a choreographer, performance artist, video artist and writer from New Zealand based in Berlin. Her works range from solo performance art projects, which are are often relational to commissioned group choreographies and video projects either directed or collaborative. While inherently feminist in its underpinnings, her work relates to a range of socio-political philosophies. This video work, Extraordinary Aliens, explores cultural 'outsiderness' and belonging in a performance art and video piece spanning New Zealand, Europe, China and America. Layering interviews with abstract performance art footage shot around the world, it is a reflection upon relationship to nation, body, Earth, institutions and cultural identities in a free market, but not free border world.
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