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The Acme Project Space ran from June 2009 to December 2015. It provided an opportunity for those artists who are part of our Residency & Awards Programme and our International Residencies Programme with a public space within which to develop projects, show new work and engage in a critical dialogue with a wider audience.


Guan Wei and Wayne Warren

‘Crossing Lines’ 30.7.2015 - 2.8.2015

'Paper War' by Guan Wei
'Paper War' by Guan Wei
'Knot & Black Tower' by Wayne Warren


Thursday to Sunday 1pm to 6pm

Private View: Thursday 30 July, 6pm to 8pm

We are delighted to present Crossing Lines, an exhibition by artist in residence Guan Wei (Australia Council for the Arts) in collaboration with British artist Wayne Warren at the Acme Project Space.

Crossing Lines expresses concern with human behaviour, focusing on areas of disruption where violence, greed and corruption prevail over harmony and tolerance within societies.

Wei’s work embodies current social and environmental dilemmas, presented through complex symbolic forms. The work Paper wars, which is presented as part of Crossing Lines was originally created after the events of 9-11. Within this work Wei uses various military symbols sketched onto a copy of Xian Gong’s Qing Dynasty landscape painting. Wei has continued to re-work the painting to produce an animation film, also on display.

Paper wars is inspired by the work of French social theorist and critic Jean Baudrillard. Wei explores the concept of war as simulacra. It is no longer 'up close' with real guns and bullets, nor is it bloody. It is virtual. Paper wars presents 'moving symbols', by re-organising, arranging, and categorising common military symbols and placing them in a traditional landscape painting, in order to bring real situations of war to life.

Wayne Warren’s work focuses on the relationship between architecture and the influences of human decision making and actions on the global environment. His work presents conflicting notions of continuity, stability, collapse, suspension, preservation, time and materiality, referring to an increasingly frail environment, where structures can fall apart and nature pushed to the point of extreme destruction. Warren uses these reference points to discuss the long term side effects of human behaviour in relation to the global environment and the dwindling natural resources.


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