Chonggang Du selected to exhibit in group show ‘Between two worlds‘ at Newcastle Art Gallery | 16 November 2019 – 16 February 2020
Congratulations to Chonggang Du for being selected for the group exhibition ‘Between two worlds’ at Newcastle Art Gallery. His work Intervention No.3 (2018) will be shown at Newcastle Art Gallery from 16 November 2019 – 16 February 2020.
Between two worlds aims to create conversations between artists and audiences while promoting the diversity of works of art being produced by Australian artists of Chinese heritage. The exhibition introduces audiences to the breadth of Chinese art forms underpinning the long relationship between China and Australia. Between two worlds acknowledges the artists who have lived, worked and are connected to China and Australia through migration, major historical events and Australia’s agricultural and industrial developments.
Intervention No. 3 (2018) was shown at Du’s exhibition Intervention at Fox Galleries in May 2019. Chonggang’s distance from China, and life in Melbourne’s suburban fringe, inform his creative practices which exist in varying tensions and resolutions. He curates his domestic space with plants, trees and arrangements which rub Chinese and Australian aesthetics up against one another. The garden material and his carefully designed and improvised space provides the source material which push his paintings into local and global concerns to the environment and its human intervention. His backyard may be idyllic and comforting; the paintings though are suggestive of an Anthropocenic dystopia.
Chonggang Du was born in China in 1963. He received a Bachelor of Fine Art from Shan Dong University and went on to teach at Jinan Craft Arts School and Shan Dong Arts Academy for 18 years before moving to Australia in 2003. In 2009, Du completed a Master of Fine Art at Monash University.