The Noble Ones
– 2019

Identity, Printed Collateral, Exhibition

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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