Hiromi Tango Art Magic :: Remnant
12 September - 24 October
Galleries 1 & 2
A Lismore Regional Gallery exhibition and community engagement project with Hiromi Tango. Tango is an acclaimed sculptural installation and performance artist who uses textiles to weave together tactile and immersive environments by hand. For Art Magic: Remnant, she and Community Engagement Facilitator, Claudie Frock, have worked with local community members to make a ‘Rainbow Forest’, responding to the flora, fauna and landscape of the Lismore region.
Tango has used the concept of the regeneration of the rainforest as a metaphor for emotional healing. She has a strong belief in the therapeutic qualities of her process and has developed “Art Magic recipes” to share the delight of making. Tango has worked extensively with a variety of community groups including local artists, the elderly, anxiety sufferers, children and young people, students, people living with a disability and culturally diverse community members.
Workshop participants and community group members played a crucial role in creating Art Magic: Remnant. A big thank you to everyone for their enthusiasm and dedication in the realisation of this project. Community groups that were involved include; R.E.D. Inc, Lismore TAFE, Jarjum Preschool, Lismore Yarn Guerillas, The Crafty Mummas, Jiggi Makers Circle, The Village Artists, Tuntable Falls Community Preschool & Primary School, Friends Child Care Centre, Lismore Deaf Artists Group & Lismore Rainforest Botanical Gardens.
ABOUT HIROMI TANGO
Hiromi Tango is an internationally respected artist based in Tweed Heads. She has undertaken major community engagement works including Pistil, a sculptural site-specific installation that was created for Contemporary Australia: Women, Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art (2012) and more recently she was commissioned as the 2013 Jackson Bella Room Artist at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. Other recent projects and exhibitions include Monster Hotel, (Out of the Box Festival, QPAC, Brisbane 2014), Hiromi Hotel: Moon Jellies, (Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre, Sydney 2013); Traces – Blue (with Craig Walsh at Art Setouchi , Japan, 2013); Home – Gwangju (with Craig Walsh, Gwangju Biennale, Korea, 2012); Hiromi Hotel – Mixed Blood, ‘Primavera’, (Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 2011) and Behind the Door, (PICA, Perth 2010). Over the last two years, Hiromi also undertook a series of community engagement through FIVE (DADAA, 2013 - 2014) – a community engagement project developed to foster awareness of mental health issues through the arts in Western Australia.
Art Magic: Remnant on youtube, filmed by Cloudcatcher Media:
An introduction to Hiromi Tango and the Art Magic: Remnant project
MOMO (a character Hiromi Tango has created for this project) goes through the Art Magic Recipes. These techniques are designed to engage community in her playful process of making art.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.