26 Feb–14 Mar 2020
Instrument Practice attempts to subvert common conventions of the white cube, the practicing studio artist and their tools. The artist’s intuitive action bear a deep resonance with their experience of growing up in China, learning instruments chosen by their parents. In repositioning this reluctant gesture into the space of art, a deep nostalgia is provoked.
Isolating themselves with only workshop tools, it allows the artist to contemplate and redefine each tool’s purpose and identity. Transforming the space and its internal sense of time, the audience is led into a new perspective of the world.
Instrument Practice attempts to subvert common conventions of the white cube, the practicing studio artist and their tools.
This program takes place on the land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We recognise that sovereignty was never ceded - this land is stolen land. We pay respects to Wurundjeri Elders, past, present and emerging, to the Elders from other communities and to any other Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders who might encounter or participate in the program.
Luyuan Zhang is a Chinese multi-disciplinary artist based in Melbourne. Zhang works from the perspective of a queer, immigrant artist. They work within the mediums of installation, video, and performance. Zhang‘s work has a comedic approach, presenting slapstick humour with deadpan irony, using sugar-coated bullets aimed at provoking understanding and criticality towards contemporary social phenomena.