Cyrus Tang

Time Fell Asleep In The Evening Rain

12 March > 5 June 2022
Tuesday to Sunday - 11AM > 4PM





Cyrus Tang will present a series of photographic works and light boxes that explore presence and absence.

Drawing on her personal experiences of 2020, she has created hauntingly beautiful composite digital images that seek to depict the slowing down of time, the repetition in our daily lives and the increased space afforded to us during lockdown to observe, think and feel. The layers of imagery are like ghostly veils, or fogs, that converge on a condensed, vibrating detail.

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IMAGE > [Top] Cyrus Tang, Carriage, 2020-21, pigment print, 90 x 135cm. Edition 5+2AP. Image courtesy of the artist.
IMAGE > Cyrus Tang, Almost Home, 2021, pigment print, 90 x 90cm. Edition 5+2AP. Image courtesy of the artist


IMAGE > [Top] Cyrus Tang,  Escalator, 2020-21, pigment print, 90 x 135cm. Edition 5+2AP. Image courtesy of the artist
IMAGE > Cyrus Tang, Mask, 2021, pigment print, 90 x 90cm. Edition 5+2AP. Image courtesy of the artist

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The exhibition also includes an installation work that separates the many layers that make up her photographic images, allowing visitors to walk between and around each layer. The exhibition reflects Tang's continued examination of the paradox of reconstructing ephemeral mental images and sensations in permanent materials.


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Cyrus Tang, 2021


Cyrus Tang’s practice is concerned with the human experiences of memory and forgetting, absence and presence, loss and resurrection. The photographic medium itself is also caught in this drama of loss and recovery. The visual effects Tang uses are all analogue. This is crucial to her practice as she wishes to preserve the analogue world, which is being dissolved by digital media. Her photographs are presented in post-production digital formats, but she produces the work materially in the studio using labour-intensive, analogue methods. Tang sees the analogue as a ruin or the memory that is being eroded, which she aims to resurrect.

Cyrus Tang is a Melbourne-based artist working with photography, sculpture and installation. Born in Hong Kong, Tang moved to Australia in 2003. She holds an Honours Degree in Fine Arts from the Victoria College of the Arts and a Master of Fine Arts from Monash University. Tang has undertaken residencies in Finland, South Korea, France and Canada. Her work has been shortlisted for numerous prestigious prizes including the Sovereign Asian Art Prize, Hong Kong (2021) and the William and the Winifred Bowness Photography Prize, Monash Gallery of Art (2020). Tang was awarded the McClelland National Sculpture Prize in 2020.

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IMAGE > Portrait of Cyrus Tang. Image courtesy of the artist.




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