UNFLINCHING GAZE  

Owen will be exhibiting in The Unflinching Gaze: photo media & the male figure at Bathurst Regional Art Gallery.

Curated by Richard Perram OAM, Director of Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, this major exhibition surveys how the male figure has been depicted by Australian and international artists in photo media over the last 140 years. It includes historic and contemporary fine art photography and film, fashion photography, music videos and homoerotic art.

Key artists in the exhibition include iconic American artists Robert Mapplethorpe, Andy Warhol, and avant-garde theatre director Robert Wilson with a video portrait of Brad Pitt; European artists such as Eadweard Muybridge, and Baron Wilhelm Von Gloeden; and historic and contemporary Australian artists including Beaufoy Merlin and Charles Bayliss, Max Dupain, Deborah Kelly, William Yang, Gary Carsley, Owen Leong and Liam Benson.

In addition to showing recent photographs and a video, Owen will be presenting a new work specially commissioned for this exhibition.

Resistance Training (2017) disrupts a single coherent vision of masculinity, fusing an Asian male body with a Thousand Arm Guan Yin. Usually represented as feminine, but sometimes depicted as masculine, Guan Yin is an East Asian bodhisattva who observes suffering in the human world and offers mercy, compassion and kindness. In a hybrid cultural mashup, this fractured figure extends his multiple limbs to undress. Cast ginger root and quartz crystal are symbolic objects held up in a private ritual of transformation. Arms, shoulders and biceps strain, press and push, hefting barbells and dumbbells to build strength and internal power – training in small acts of resistance.

The first edition of this photograph has been acquired by Bathurst Regional Art Gallery. For more information about editions of this artwork please contact Artereal Gallery.

The Unflinching Gaze: photo media & the male figure opens Saturday 14 October and will be on view to Sunday 3 December 2017.

 

 
         
  RAMSAY ART PRIZE  

Owen has been selected as a finalist for the Ramsay Art Prize at the Art Gallery of South Australia.

The $100,000 acquisitive prize is Australia's richest prize for young contemporary artists working in any medium. The Ramsay Art Prize is presented by the James & Diana Ramsay Art Foundation and held every two years at the Art Gallery of South Australia.

The judges for the 2017 Ramsay Art Prize are Rhana Devenport, Director, Auckland Art Gallery, contemporary Australian artist Nell, and Leigh Robb, Curator of Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of South Australia.

Finalist works will be included in a major exhibition at the Art Gallery of South Australia from 27 May - 27 August 2017.

 

 
         
  SUNSHINE COAST ART PRIZE  

Owen is a finalist in the Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2017.

With a major prize of $25,000 the Sunshine Coast Art Prize is a national contemporary acquisitive award presented by Sunshine Coast Council.

Forty finalists have been selected for exhibition at the Caloundra Regional Gallery from 17 August - 8 October. The winning work will be acquired by the Sunshine Coast Art Collection.

 

 
         
 

ASIALINK VISUAL ARTS RESIDENCY

 

Owen has been awarded a prestigious Asialink Visual Arts Residency.

Asialink Arts facilitates residencies and projects for arts professionals, and provides opportunities for cultural development and exploration of new markets and audiences. This year the program received 297 eligible applications nation-wide, from which 33 residencies were awarded across all art forms.

Owen Leong will undertake a three-month artist residency at the Hong Kong Arts Centre. He will conduct archival research into 1950s photographic material while based in Hong Kong. Exploring familial history, the artist will focus on images relating to British colonialism, social change, and mass migration from mainland China to Hong Kong. Based on this research, Owen will produce work for a major solo exhibition in 2018.

This is an Asialink Arts Residency Project supported by Arts NSW.

 

 

 
         
  ART CENTRAL  

Owen exhibited his Ritual Coordinates sculptures with Artereal Gallery at Art Central, Hong Kong. In exciting news, the entire series of hand cast plaster and crystal mudra sculptures was acquired for a significant private collection in China.

Timed to coincide with Art Basel Hong Kong, Art Central takes place from 21-25 March 2017 and is staged within an architect-designed pavilion on the Central Harbourfront. With over 100 contemporary art galleries showcasing the next generation of talent alongside some of the most establised galleries from across Asia and the world, the strong gallery line-up is complemented by a dynamic five-day programme that includes interactive installations, experimental film, performances, and panel discussions.