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2014 Ways at 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art

29th May — 2 August 2014
4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art
Sydney, Australia

"Ways is the first institutional solo exhibition by Australian-Bangladeshi artist Omar Chowdhury. Chowdhury has spent the past two years working in the country of his birth, one of the most densely populated on earth, whose character is deeply informed by religious faiths and daily acts of worship. There, he has created an ambitious new body of work, which traverses urban and rural terrains searching for material embodiments of spiritual transcendence."

4A Exhibition Text

Catalogue

2014, Murtaza Vali, Omar Chowdhury, Ways Poster and Essay, 2xA2 pages. Includes essay, list of works, and biography. Download PDF.

Media

"... The artist's long and unhurried videos of Bangladeshi life are demanding viewing, but audiences will be rewarded for their commitment. ... He has created a remarkably powerful work of art on the social manifestations of religion."

2014, June 3, Frost, Andrew, Omar Chowdhury review: A wilful disregard for convention, The Guardian

"Omar Chowdhury is an up-and-coming Australian-Bangladeshi artist who is fast developing a reputation for his detailed, multifaceted, and multilayered audio-visual installations which challenge the conventions of the moving image and interrogate the boundaries of screen-based artworks. His process is complex and his conceptual framework is challenging, but at the center of his practice is a desire to explore what he describes as 'the power that spatiality has on our intellect and emotions.'"

2014, July 17, Forrest, Nicholas, Review: Omar Chowdhury Experiments with Faith and Form at 4A Gallery, Sydney, BlouinARTINFO Australia

2014, May 27, Mottram, Linda, Interview with Omar Chowdhury, ABC Morning Radio

2014, June 26, Rees, Lucy, Interview with Omar Chowdhury, ARTANDAustralia

2014, June 2, Gall, Naomi, Arts Review: Ways, The AU Review

2014, June 3, Garner, Nick, Interview with Omar Chowdhury, Das Platforms

Works Exhibited

Torsions I, II, 2014 (link)
1 channel, 106m24s, HD ProRes,
1.78:1, Colour, Stereo

Vastness in Eclipse, 2014 (link)
3 channel, 31m14s, HD Video,
2.35:1, Colour, Stereo

Locus, Temple, 2014 (link)
1 channel, 149m25s, HD ProRes,
1.33:1, Colour, Stereo
Commissioned by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art with the assistance of the Keir Foundation and the Edward M. Kennedy Center for Public Service and the Arts, Dhaka.

Locus, Mosque, 2014 (link)
1 channel, 149m25s, HD ProRes,
1.33:1, Colour, Stereo
Commissioned by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art with the assistance of the Keir Foundation and the Edward M. Kennedy Center for Public Service and the Arts, Dhaka.