Centre A: Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art

Centre A: Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art

March 01, 2012 17:00 ET

'Centre A' Announces First Comprehensive Presentation of Contemporary Chinese New Media and Video Art in Canada

Yellow Signal: New Media in China Consists of Six Exhibitions and One Film Screening Taking Place in Various Venues Throughout Metro Vancouver, Beginning March 2012

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - March 1, 2012) - Centre A: Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art is pleased to announce the first comprehensive presentation of contemporary Chinese new media and video art in Canada. The presentation, entitled Yellow Signal: New Media in China, is a city-wide exhibition series showcasing a selection of leading new media works by twelve internationally acclaimed Chinese artists.

This series of exhibitions is compelling for its presentation of works by leading artists from a new wave of contemporary art as well as in its portrayal of current political circumstances faced by many artists in China. "Yellow Signal is a metaphor for the communal state of ambiguity in Asian countries," explains Zheng Shengtian, BC based artist, curator, and internationally recognized scholar and expert on Chinese contemporary art. He further explains, "Yellow Signal is about limitation and possibility, choice and chance, confusion and self-confidence, feelings that many Asian artists experience, but that artists everywhere may also relate to in their creative practice." Zheng conceptualized the project, which will take place through the spring and summer across venues including Centre A, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver Art Gallery, Surrey Art Gallery, Charles H. Scott Gallery at Emily Carr University, Republic Gallery, and Pacific Cinémathèque. Each gallery will be curating their own projects with Zheng curating the exhibitions at Centre A, and the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, UBC. Exhibitions will be accompanied by an extensive series of public programs including talks by artists and curators.

New media art has developed rapidly in Mainland China during the last two decades. Yellow Signal: New Media in China showcases the principal Chinese artists in this field, including those internationally recognized as well as those who have recently emerged on Mainland China's art scene.

About Centre A: Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art

Centre A is Vancouver's leading public art gallery for Contemporary Asian art. Established in 1999, the gallery has presented the works of over 300 Canadian and international artists and has produced over 80 original projects.

Centre A provides a platform for art that engages and educates, promoting critical thought and reflective experiences. The Centre's large gallery space, in the heart of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, lends itself to artists and guests from diverse backgrounds wishing to gather, discuss, and exchange ideas.

Centre A has also established itself as a prime creative venue to support Asian art community growth. Several initiatives have been launched to support: artists-in-residence, collective interventions, works in progress, studio production, public forums, screenings, publications, and web projects.

Centre A is a non-profit art gallery committed to the research, production, presentation, and interpretation of contemporary Asian art.

For additional information please visit www.centrea.org.

Available for comment on Yellow Signal: New Media in China are:

Guest Curator of Centre A & the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, UBC: Shengtian Zheng

Centre A Curator: Makiko Hara

Gallery Curators: Curators from each gallery involved are available for comment.

Artists: The twelve artists featured are available for comment, subject to availability.

To arrange an interview with any of the above, or for media requests, please contact Birgit Simon via the contact information listed below.

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