Artereal Gallery

Owen Leong // Original Nature

~ Within the mind there is yet another mind: it is an awareness
that precedes words.*

In a new exhibition of sculptural work, Owen Leong draws on Taoist philosophies to explore the idea of original nature. A person’s original mind exists prior to the imprint of culture. Reconnecting with original nature involves emptying the self, until we arrive at an awareness unclouded by habitual thoughts, emotions and memories.
Original Nature explores selfhood through cycles of regeneration and decay. Leong uses personal mythologies to describe creation and obliteration of the self through artistic processes of casting, destroying, assembling and recasting. These sculptures show the body as landscape: human faces merge with mountain forms, while crystals and mushrooms grow from heads, arms and hands. Through a contrasting language of man-made and natural materials – concrete, bronze, steel, marble dust, quartz crystal, beeswax – these works symbolise the journey towards original nature, to experience a deeper awareness within everyday consciousness.

*circa 350 BCE from the Nei-yeh, or ‘Inward Training’, the oldest received text that influenced Chinese thought and culture, including references to cultivating the life forces jing "essence", qi "vital energy", and shen "spirit".



Event starts
Wednesday 4 July, 2018
Event Ends
Saturday 28 July, 2018
Artereal Gallery
Venue Address
747 Darling Street, Rozelle

Sydney, Sydney

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