Lindy Lee, Simryn Gill, Savanhdary Vongpoothorn and Phaptawan Suwannakudt.
Exhibition Dates: 10 December – 22 December 1999
The four artists who comprise the Gang of Four came together initially as friends. From this friendship was discovered a shared artistic sensibility, despite the differences in each artist's practice. Lindy Lee's iconic photocopies and paintings, Savanhdary Vongpoothorn's pierced and patterned canvases and works on paper, Simryn Gill's installations and photographs, and Phaptawan Suwannakudt's exquisitely detailed paintings and drawings could not be more different in their form, yet the similarity in approach is somehow evident. Each artist's work exhibits a layering of ideas and a deliberate, almost meditative precision, arising from what the artists call a "slowness of temperament."
The exhibition is the first time that these artists have shown together as a group, and proves to be a vibrant and dynamic show.
Simryn Gill is an installation artist who works in a vast range of media. In recent works she has brought fragile and momentary outdoor installations into the gallery through large photographs. Gill is Malaysian and has lived between Australia, Singapore and Malaysia since 1987. She has exhibited widely both in Australia and internationally, including the 1995 Venice Biennale, the 1997 Istanbul Biennial, Australian Perspecta 1997 and 1999, as well as soro shows at the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki (1998) and ArtPace, San Antonio (1999). A survey show of her work is currently touring the U. K.
Savanhdary Vongpoothorn's art references a wide range of sources: Minimalism, Buddhism, Lao textiles, Australian landscape, Aboriginal art. Her sculptural installation, perforated canvases and works on paper maintain a clarity and conviction that has won her numerous supporters and awards. Born in Laos, she grew up in south west Sydney. She has shown throughout Australia, and has been included in such exhibitions as Spirit + Place at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Transit at the Art Gallery of NSW, and The Rose Crossing, currently touring Southeast and East Asia. She has recently completed a major commission for Macquarie Bank.