It’s customary for Chinese families to have living blooms in their homes at Chinese New Year. In this exhibition, New Zealand Chinese artist James K. Lowe celebrates Chinese New Year with a suite of beautiful images of Chinese plants – plum branches, orchids, bamboo and chrysanthemums (known as the ‘Four Gentlemen’ or ‘Four Noble Ones’), and peonies – displayed on lightboxes.

The gradual transition from dark to light in the background of the works represents the dawning of the new year; the lightboxes themselves are arranged in a crescent that emulates the passage of the new moon through the sky on February 5, the first day of the Chinese New Year.

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