Feng Shui

A curated exhibition and installation of photo works by 4 Asian Canadian artists in Newcastle, with talks in Dublin, Belfast and Derry.

Date and locations:
Aug. 17 – Sept. 3, 1993: All Saints’ Church, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Sept. 5, 1993: Sculpture Society, Dublin, EIRE (illustrated lecture)
Sept. 6: Flax Art Group, Belfast (curator’s lecture)
Sept. 8: Orchard Gallery, Derry

Curator: Elspeth Sage
Feng shui adviser: Paul Wong
Artists: Lani Maestro, Henry Tsang,
Paul Wong and Sharyn Yuen
Producers: ON EDGE, Vancouver and LOCUS + (Newcastle)

ON EDGE was invited by Locus + (Newcastle) to organize a feature exhibition to coincide with the Tyne International Festival (June 26-Sept. 5, 1993), Newcastle-upon-Tyne, during the month of September, 1993, and to conduct a curators’ tour to Dublin, Belfast and Derry. The exhibition, entitled FENG SHUI, was produced on site by the 4 artists over a 10-day period. The site was a deconsecrated Christian church and graveyard on the waterfront in Newcastle.

The process of creation followed the guidelines of feng shui, the Chinese practise of achieving harmony through a proper alignment of forces. The selection of artists and works for the exhibition was made through using feng shui. The basic tenet was to feature the work of 4 Asian Canadian photo-based artists within a cultural context through the performance of a specific cultural practise.

(Funded by the Canada Council Exhibition Assistance, the Arts Council of Great Britain, Northern Arts (UK), Canada House, London and the Public Gaming Branch of B.C.).