Jason Phu (NSW)
Plunge into the psyche of rising Australian artist Jason Phu in the gallery-wide installation my parents met at the fish market. This new iteration of the work, originally commissioned by West Space, showcases the breadth and depth of the artist’s ability to navigate his Chinese/Vietnamese cultural upbringing, family and nostalgia, across five distinct spaces.
Comprising large-scale murals and all-consuming sculptures, Phu’s installation blurs the line between the real and spiritual worlds, flickers of memories, and vivid psychological states.
Phu is Sulman Prize-winning artist, Ramsay Prize finalist, and will appear in the MCA’s Primavera 2018: Young Australian Artists. Equal parts intimate and irreverent, my parents met at the fish market brings Phu’s skill in combining autobiography, mythology and materiality into sharp and unwavering focus.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Jason Phu’s work explores his cultural upbringing in a Chinese/Vietnamese household with Buddhist, Daoist and traditional Chinese culture while growing up in Australia. His conceptual interests include diasporic culture & history of Chinese Australians, Daoist religious practices, Buddhist temples, Chinese Folk Tales, Orientalist attitudes towards Asiatic religions and the ‘New Ink’ movement (contemporary Chinese Painting and Calligraphy) in China.
Phu graduated from COFA with honours in 2011. He has undertaken residencies at CAFA (Beijing), NSCAD (Nova Scotia), DAC Studios (Chongqing), CAP Studio (Chiang Mai) and Organhaus (Chongqing). Jason has presented numerous solo exhibitions across Australia, including at Nicholas Projects, CCAS Gorman Arts Centre, Alaska Projects and Ray Hughes Gallery. In 2015 he won the Sulman Prize and received a Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship, which has allowed him to base his practice between China, Thailand and Australia. In 2017 he was a finalist in the Ramsay Art Prize, presented new work as part of Underbelly Arts Festival and is a finalist of the NSW Visual Arts Fellowship (Emerging). Phu is represented by Alaska Projects.
This is a touring exhibition presented in partnership with West Space, Melbourne.