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Hugging Stranger

Liu Xianghua’s ink portraits were completed on site during a recent residency in Footscray (VIC) at the Maribyrnong City Council Artsbox. Liu Xianghua explores the concepts of communication and interaction, including hugging with strangers and these experiences are conveyed in the work.

During his residency in Footscray (VIC) Liu Xianghua encouraged strangers from different ethnic and cultural background to hug each other. This moment was then captured in ink and formed part of the growing installation, as well as allowing the public to participate in the creation of the work. The portraits record the artist experiences during the residency, and include a full range of perception experiences including the visual, tactile, auditory, olfactory, and body language, to activating ink which is the ancient art and cultural media from China.

After 10 years teaching at University level in Beijing, Liu Xianghua received his PHD degree from Central Academic of Fine Art in China. Now Liu Xianghua is a Visiting scholar in Victoria College of the Arts, the University of Melbourne.

Exhibition Dates:
Monday 1 – Tuesday 30 June 2015

Official Opening:
Tuesday 2 June 2015 @ 5:30pm


Ink Portrait Workshops

Cost: $100 for 1 day workshop
All material included.

During these exciting workshop of immersion into the art of ink painting, Liu Xianghua will explain the different aesthetic characteristics between Western and Eastern cultures and how to incorporate them into your own ink painting. Participants will practice with portrait ink painting and learn to handle ink via line, composition, shape, layer, rhythm and rhyme, and how to create their own form of expression. The classes are aimed at beginners to advanced who want to experiment with ink painting and get inspiration in their art practice.

Tuesday 2 June 2015, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Wednesday 4 June 2015, 10:00am – 4:00pm


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