Hiromi Tango

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HIROMI TANGO: NEW NOW

13/08/2020

Hiromi Tango is a Japanese Australian artist whose artistic practice focuses on the exploration of human emotions, informed by research in the area of the emotional science of colour, neuroscience and neuroplasticity. Hiromi in her work has acknowledged her own psychological health influences the nature of the work and has been active in engaging with the community, being involved in community art projects often focusing on mental health utilising the transformative process of art, art creation and experiential nature that derives from this. Hiromi Tango’s art practice incorporates performance, the recording of this performance by video or photography, mark making and sculpture. 

2019-2020 has been a time of substantive change in the Australian community and the world at large. In late 2019, the Australia was overwhelmed with bush fires which devastated large areas of Australian native land and many communities. Subsequent to this, Australia and the world were assailed by a pandemic, not seen on this scale since the early 20th century, which has vastly changed our experiences of who we are and how our society operates.

Hiromi Tango's current body of work, New Now, is a response to this dramatic time in history and the continued expression of her own journey of self-discovery. Hiromi’s frankness in sharing this emotional journey in her art with the community, is empowering and may enable others who engage with her work to acknowledge their developmental experiences and how these impacts on their engagement with others. The exhibition New Now, incorporates works that are related to Hiromi's exploration of her Japanese identity and important developmental relationships. Hiromi as an immigrant with roots still in Japan expresses the anxiety of not being able to physically engage with her family during the pandemic. The impact of this barrier is strongly felt by many in the community as we, a nation of travellers are unable to easily explore our cultural roots and maintain physical connections that we have may have formed with others across the seas. Hiromi in Nature Nurture: Roots began the journey of exploring her roots and connections. This exploration of who she is, where she has come from and who she is now. The new work, the New Now, asks us to reflect and think about what has happened to us as a society and as individuals in this time of change. As is often the case, Hiromi encourages us to see emotional pain and anxiety as a time of growth. Research of neuroplasticity recognises that environmental factors will trigger neuroplastic brain changes, and even those who are not resilient can be taught resilience.

Artists throughout the centuries have documented society’s and their own experiences of living through a pandemic. The earliest recorded pandemic was in 430 BC in Athens during the Peloponnesian war, where between one third to two thirds of Athens' citizens died. The devastating effect of a pandemic at a time of war has been well documented in these early records of the Peloponnesian wars. In the 14th to 16th centuries, pandemics (the plague being the most known pandemic) was portrayed as an invisible enemy, which communities tried to make sense of. Pandemics were seen as a random destructive force where artists portrayed the plague as a punishment from God.

Societies evolved and by the 17th to 18th century, artist characterised those who had the plague as sufferers. The audience was encouraged to empathise with the victims of the plague, and it was no longer seen as punishment, but as an experience that descended upon a person. In the early 20th century with the Spanish flu, Munch in his self-portrait portrayed himself with the open mouth scream while recovering from the Spanish flu. 

How individuals and societies cope with a pandemic has been extensively researched. In the late 20th century work in the area of the psychological reactions to SARS, the swine flu and the Mediterranean respiratory syndrome, looked at how individuals and societies responded. Those societies who as a community had a more collective approach, often adopted protective strategies quite easily. If you look at the work of Hiromi in this exhibition there is an overriding sense of collaboration and connection. Whether it be her densely woven sculptures, where each tendril is tightly packed, engaged, touching the other or in her pencil works, there is the sense of connectedness and community, a reflection of her underlying experiences of coming from a society that often focuses on the collective good rather than the individual.

There is evidence that meditative processes lead to a change in gene expression and that this gene expression can result in neuroplastic change. When looking at the process of meditation, there is the positive change with an increase in the experience of compassion and kindness. I have frequently commented on the work of Hiromi Tango as having a meditative component. Meditative for the observer just as she finds the process of mark making meditative. Hiromi's more recent works, those involving pencil, the infinite small circles that coalesce to form a whole and a whole image are indeed a meditative process. They reduce the experience of anxiety, lead to the development of positive affect which can lead to positive change from a brain functioning perspective.

In the works of this exhibition, Hiromi Tango’s creativity is on full display, creativity in terms of the nature of the work that she presents but also a creative use of common and everyday materials. Light, fibre, paper and pencil, common elements that are found in every home and society. These works are fragile, yet they also reflect a strength. The twisted, wound sculptures have become tight, ordered and organized. Material from her home culture, Japan, is incorporated within these works, bridging a connection between where Hiromi comes from and who she is now in Australian society. Artworks throughout the centuries that have been created in the time of a plague and COVID-19 is almost certainly a plague on our modern society, remind us how fragile life is, how it is temporary and provisional. Hiromi's works are fragile, they are not temporary nor are they provisional, but they reflect the fragility of life and the fragility of what we know.

Hiromi, like many Australians came to this country as a wanderer. We have taken for granted our ability to return to where our roots are and we have taken for granted our role within society and the environment at large. Hiromi Tango's works are always informed by her environment, by science and her own experiences. New Now is a reflection and a continuation of this artistic process. The observer of her art is drawn in to look at the tight spirals that form the sculptures with calming and enticing colours. The audience is then asked to move on, to look at works that have been created with infinite patience, thousands of small circles, almost like the virus that has impinged and intruded in our lives, all coalescing to form a whole. These images are pastel, calming, enticing, relaxing. They have been created in a state of meditation and relaxation to create a whole that hopefully leaves the observer with a sense of calmness and delight.

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HIROMI TANGO: LOOKING BACK/LOOKING FORWARD

16/07/2020

Tango is a Japanese-Australian artist, who creates visually rich, immersive sculptural installations that invite audience interaction and reflection. Her artistic practice draws on personal experience with universal mental health challenges - loss, fear, depression and alienation. Interested in the therapeutic ability of art, Tango looks to neural science for inspiration, and explores the notion that light, colour and the process of creation can encourage emotional healing - both for the artist and her audience.

Born in 1976 in Shikoku, Japan, Tango grew up in a culture entrenched in tradition, one where women frequently experienced gender inequality. Her childhood observations of this disparity within her own home, and the combative environment that it activated, were pivotal in establishing her practice of embracing the meditative and healing qualities of art making.

Tango’s works often incorporate her family’s kimonos. Through the process of weaving and thus changing the kimono’s form, she unwraps and resolves “the relationship between generations of women, the challenges of reconciling traditional expectations with contemporary realities, and the strength and depth of our connections in spite of these challenges”.

Tango migrated to Australia shortly after completing her studies at Japan Women’s University in 1998. She presented her first formal exhibition in Australia, a live installation piece at Brisbane’s Raw Space Galleries in 2006. Pushing the boundaries of personal and public space, Tango lived in the gallery windows for six weeks. She invited people passing by to enter her private world and engage with her belongings in what became a synergetic performance.

Opening a dialogue of exchange, this significant project was the beginning of her ongoing installation habitation 

series, Hiromi Hotel. Often collaborative, these site- specific sculptural pieces incorporate Tango’s collection
of donated fabrics and materials that the artist says “contain significant memories – of the mother, the broken relationships, childhood or deceased family members. This approach is central to why I make art – the healing and therapeutic properties and the process of dealing with difficult memories”.

Motherhood, for Tango, simultaneously sparked immense happiness and triggered a difficult period of postnatal depression. This profoundly challenging condition
was the impetus for several powerful and momentous performances.

Conceived during the infamous dust storm which engulfed Brisbane in 2009, Insanity Magnet was the first of this series. Tango adorned herself in her signature woven textiles and confronted her depression against an apocalyptic backdrop in New Farm Park.

“On November 7th, 2008, I became a mother, and then for approximately one year was unable to engage with others through art. Those collective feelings, emotions and thoughts, along with my own, grew so big inside of my body and mind that I became completely unable to engage in everyday life at the time. This was one of the most threatening experiences for me”.

Mixed Blood, Tango’s work for 2011 Primevera at the Museum of Contemporary Art, also stemmed from the emotional complexity of motherhood. Performed in an embellished cocoon-like enclosure, the work was inspired by the impending birth of her second baby and focused on Tango’s feelings of anxiety concerning how her new child would once again change her sense of self.

Creating open and honest conversations about mental health through community engagement projects and exploring the potential for art-making processes to promote healing is fundamental to Tango’s practice.

In 2012 Tango began what she describes as a “life changing” residency in Derby, Western Australia, a town with a traumatic indigenous history and a staggering rate of youth suicide. Tango worked with children from the Derby Youth Centre to create Lizard Tail. The large sculpture embodied the many painful memories from the community, forming the shape of a lizard tail, a metaphor for the seemingly endless cycle of poverty and suffering.

Since its original inception, the Lizard Tail series has evolved and has been exhibited in several different iterations - Magic Object: 2016 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art; Lizard Tail (Breaking Cycle) Singapore Art Museum (2016) and most recently at Melbourne Art Fair and TarraWarra Biennial (2018).

In her upcoming exhibition at Sullivan+Strumpf, New Now, Tango presents a rich accumulation of sculpture, paintings and drawings developed in 2019 and 2020, a period in which her hometown of Tweed Heads was engulfed in bushfire, and she was isolated from her ageing parents in Japan due to COVID-19.

“The series that make up New Now”, Tango says, “each represent an artistic response to overwhelming situations, and a quest for healing. How do we define now? How can we build resilience? How do we adapt to new realities? How can we build hope in this challenging time?”.

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INVITATION

16/08/2019

HIROMI TANGO
Healing Circles
Sullivan+Strumpf | Sydney
24 August – 23 September 2019

Please join us at the opening of Hiromi Tango's exhibition, Healing Circles on Saturday 24 August 3–5pm, and artist talk from 4pm

Building upon Hiromi Tango’s performative art practice, Healing Circles responds to the influence contemporary life has on us and our relationship with one another. This exhibition includes a range of sculptures, textiles, photo images, works on paper and neon lights. Tango employs the circle as a recurring motif in this exhibition, as it is a universal symbol of healing – representing the cycle of life, regeneration, relationships and a state of total completion.

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ATTEND

15/08/2019

Sullivan+Strumpf presents Brisbane Brief
a pop-up exhibition in Brisbane

14–25 August 
Festival House, 381 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley


Sullivan+Strumpf invites you to Brisbane Brief – a new pop-up exhibition at Festival House, Fortitude Valley. 

Showing over 10 days, Brisbane Brief presents a selection of new and recent works by celebrated Brisbane artists Tony Albert, Karen Blackand Lindy Lee, as well as some of Australia’s leading contemporary artists, including Gregory Hodge, Alex Seton, Joanna Lamb, eX de Medici, Hiromi Tango, Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran, Glenn Barkley, Sam Leach and Dane Lovett. As well as international artists Gonkar Gyatso and Eko Nugroho.

Opening Hours
10am–5pm / Tuesday – Saturday
12pm–4pm / Sunday

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OPENING TONIGHT

15/02/2019

REMEMBRANCE
The American Club, Singapore
7 January - 31 March 2019

Art Launch on Friday, 15 February 2019, 6.30 - 7.30 pm

Our sense of place influences our memory in myriad ways. We form our identity in relation to the environment in which we live and work — from the country, city, town or landscape we call home, to our rooms in which we eat, sleep or raise families. These places inform our experiences, behaviors and attitudes about other places. The ideas and feelings which we develop through our interactions with the physical spaces we inhabit allow us to construct a sense of belonging, generate meaning, build attachments, and tackle change. The artists presented in this exhibition explore human-environment relations in diverse and inventive ways.

The artists presented in this exhibition include Dawn Ng, Dane Lovett, Darren Sylvester, Gregory Hodge, Hiromi Tango, Jeremy Sharma, Karen Black and Lindy Lee.

The nearest carpark is located at Royal Plaza on Scotts or Goodwood Park Hotel.
For non-members, please RSVP to [email protected].


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INVITATION

01/02/2019

ANNUAL SUMMER GROUP SHOW
Sullivan+Strumpf | Sydney
8 - 16 February 2019

Opening Friday, 8 February 2019, 6 - 8pm

To celebrate the first exhibition of our exciting 2019 program, join for the S+S Sydney Annual Summer Group Show next Friday, 8th February from 6pm.

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ATTEND

09/11/2018

Craftivism, Dissident Objects & Subversive Forms
Shepparton Art Museum, Shepparton
24 November 2018 - 17 February 2019

Craftivism, Dissident Objects & Subversive Forms presents the work of 18 contemporary Australian artists who utilise craft based materialities with a political intent/ Broadening our understanding of craft-making traditions, the artists in this exhibition subvert and extend these forms into the realm of activism and social change, reflecting on the world in which we live.

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ATTEND

12/10/2018

HIROMI TANGO
A Force
Presented by Flowstate and Brisbane Festival
Southbank Parklands, Southbank
Brisbane, Australia

Saturday 13 October 2018, 10am - 9pm
Sunday 14 October 2018, 10am - 3pm

An evolving installation by Hiromi Tango and Craig Walsh. A Force represents a new temporal public artwork by this award-winning collaborative team. A site-specific installation responsive to a range of environmental forces including audience participation and contribution. A Force will grow throughout the duration of the exhibition through public participationand develop in response to the unique environment it lives within. A Force considers our relationship with technology, and how our daily dependence on digital devices may be affecting us. Wires and cables are lifelines in many ways, but as we manipulate them with our hands, taking time together to create, we begin to transform our relationship with technology.

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COMING UP

12/10/2018

Craftivism. Dissident Objects and Subversive Forms
Shepparton Art Museum
24 November 2018 - 17 February 2019

Featuring: Karen Black, Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran, Hiromi Tango and Jemima Wyman

Craftivism presents the work of 18 contemporary Australian artists who utilise craft-based materials with a political intent. Broadening our understanding of craft-making traditions, the artists in this exhibition subvert and extend these forms into the realm of activism and social change, reflecting on the world in which we live. Drawing on a long historical lineage, the exhibition enables viewers to rethink craft in a new light.

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OPENING TOMORROW

17/08/2018

THE WAVES: a group exhibition upping at the shores of heteronormative sanctity
Curated by Kate Britton
Sullivan+Strumpf | Sydney
18 August - 15 September 2018

Opening reception on Saturday, 18 August, 3 - 5pm
Curator talk in conversation with Diana Baker Smith from Barbara Cleveland and Thea Perkins at 4pm

Including artists: Karen Black, Ohni Blu, Polly Borland, Barbara Cleveland, Christine Dean, Joanna Lamb, Lindy Lee, eX de Medici, Sanné Mestrom, Judy Millar, Dawn Ng, Thea Perkins, Katy B. Plummer, Justine Youssef & Leila El Rayes, Hiromi Tango, Angela Tiatia and Jemima Wyman

The Waves borrows its title from Virginia Woolf's novel of the same name, in which many voices unite in a single narrative. This exhibition likewise unites many voices to tell a single yet multivalent story. This story is about what happens in a white cube occupied by women and non-binary voices, and why we should be listening.

The Waves brings a diverse group of artists into a conversation about feminism, bodies, access to and occupation of space, collective action and gestures of intersectionality. In making their work, each of these artists chip away at the walls and barriers that are thrown up by patriarchal systems, biological determinism, trans-exclusionary feminism, colonialism - the list goes on.

The feminist project has been characterised by waves, a lapping at the shores of heteronormative sanctity. The works presented from these artists engage with different aspects of this project: political, social and labour-based action; reclamation and celebration of diverse bodies and identities; intersectionality; and an emergent collective anger - #metoo.

In bringing together selected works from Sullivan+Strumpf's roster of artists with guest artists, The Waves establishes new lines of sight between the work of diverse women and non-binary people.

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UP NEXT

08/08/2018

THE WAVES
A group exhibition lapping at the shores of heteronormative sanctity
Curated by Kate Britton
Sullivan+Strumpf | Sydney
18 August - 15 September 2018

Opening on Saturday, 18 August, 3-5pm
Curator talk in conversation with Diana Baker Smith from Barbara Cleveland at 4pm

Including artists: Karen Black, Ohni Blu, Polly Borland, Barbara Cleveland, Christine Dean, Joanna Lamb, Lindy Lee, eX de Medici, Sanné Mestrom, Judy Millar, Dawn Ng, Thea Perkins, Katy B. Plummer, Justine Youssef & Leila El Rayes, Hiromi Tango, Angela Tiatia and Jemima Wyman

The Waves borrows its title from Virginia Woolf's novel of the same name, in which many voices unite in a single narrative. This exhibition likewise unites many voices to tell a single yet multivalent story. This story is about what happens in a white cube occupied by women and non-binary voices, and why we should be listening.

The Waves brings a diverse group of artists into a conversation about feminism, bodies, access to and occupation of space, collective action and gestures of intersectionality. in making their work, each of these artists chip away at the walls and barriers that are thrown up by patriarchal systems, biological determinism, trans-exclusionary feminism, colonialism - the list goes on.

The feminist project has been characterised by waves, a lapping at the shores of heteronormative sanctity. The works presented from these artists engage with different aspects of this project: political, intersectionality; and an emergent collective anger - #metoo.

In bringing together work from Sullivan+Strumpf artists with invited artists, The Waves establishes new lines of sight between the work of diverse women and non-binary people.

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GO SEE

28/07/2018

THE SEVENTH TARRAWARRA BIENNIAL
From Will to Form
TarraWarra Museum of Art
3 August - 6 November 2018

Hiromi Tango, Lindy Lee and Sanné Mestrom are included in From Will to Form, The Seventh TarraWarra Biennial, curated by Emily Cormack. The exhibition explores differing ideas of will, showing how it can be found within form, and is also passed between objects and bodies through networks of 'active forces' or 'ideal essences'.

Both Hiromi Tango and Lindy Lee will be part of the artist floor talks during the opening weekend, on Saturday, 4 August, from 2.45pm onwards. The artist floor talks will be led by Emily Cormack.

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JOIN US

27/07/2018

MELBOURNE ART FAIR
Booth C2
2 - 5 August 2018
Southbank Arts Precinct

Featuring Gregory Hodge, Sam Jinks, Sanné Mestrom, Hiromi Tango and Yang Yongliang

Artist Talks at Booth C2, Thursday, 2 August 2018, 12noon.

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WATCH

27/07/2018

HIROMI TANGO
Performance of Lizard Tail (Dawn)
Southbank Arts Precinct, Melbourne

Commissioned by Melbourne Art Foundation and MLC Life Insurance, Hiromi Tango recently performed Lizard Tail (Dawn) on Melbourne's Southbank Art Precinct, weaving through the city's iconic cultural landmarks and institutions, coming to rest alongside ACCA (Australian Centre for Contemporary Art), the 2018 home of Melbourne Art Fair.

The performance, Lizard Tail (Dawn) explores human interaction with the urban environment and our constant connectivity to devices; ruminating on the mystery of those fleeting moments in the early hours, just before we awaken, when the conscious and subconscious become blurred. In Tango's word, 'The Lizard Tail is an accumulation of those things that are just out of the grasp of our consciousness, that we carry with us nonetheless.'

Watch the video produced by NONStudio here.


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UP NEXT

15/07/2018

THE WAVES
Group Show Curated by Kate Britton
Sullivan+Strumpf | Sydney
15 August - 18 September 2018

Including S+S artists Karen Black, Polly Borland, Joanna Lamb, Lindy Lee, eX de Medici, Sanné Mestrom, Judy Millar, Hiromi Tango, Dawn Ng, Angela Tiatia, Jemima Wyman, Barbara Cleveland with invited artists Ohni Blu, Christine Dean, Thea Perkins, Katy B. Plummer, Justine Youssef & Leila El Rayes.

The Waves borrows its title from Virginia Woolf’s novel of the same name, in which many voices unite in a single narrative. This exhibition likewise unites many voices to tell a single yet multivalent story. This story is about what happens in a white cube occupied by female, female-identifying and non-binary voices, and why we should be listening. 

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ATTEND

15/07/2018

THE SEVENTH TARRAWARRA BIENNIAL
From Will to Form
Tarrawarra Museum of Art
3 August - 6 November 2018

Hiromi Tango, Lindy Lee and Sanné Mestrom are included in From Will to Form, The Seventh Tarrawarra Biennial curated by Emily Cormack. The exhibition explores differing ideas of will, showing how it can be found within form, and is also passed between objects and bodies through networks of 'active forces' or 'ideal essences'.

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JOIN US

13/07/2018

MELBOURNE ART FAIR
2 - 5 AUGUST 2018
Southbank Arts Precinct

with Gregory Hodge, Sam Jinks, Sanné Mestrom, Hiromi Tango and Yang Yongliang

Commissioned by Melbourne Art Foundation and MLC Life Insurance, Hiromi Tango recently performed Lizard Tail (Dawn) on Melbourne's Southbank Art Precinct, weaving through the city's iconic cultural landmarks and institutions, coming to rest alongside ACCA (Australian Centre for Contemporary Art), the 2018 home of Melbourne Art Fair.

The performance, Lizard Tail (Dawn) explores human interaction with the urban environment and our constant connectivity to devices; ruminating on the mystery of those fleeting moments in the early hours, just before we awaken, when the conscious and subconscious become blurred. In Tango's word, 'The Lizard Tail is an accumulation of those things that are just out of the grasp of our consciousness, that we carry with us nonetheless.'

Video by NONStudio

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ATTEND

29/06/2018

HIROMI TANGO
[email protected] Artist in Residence 2018
Healing Garden (RPA)
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital

Hiromi Tango's Healing Garden (RPA) is part of a new series of community-engagement projects by [email protected], focused on creating safe, nurturing spaces that encourage creative expression and emotional transformation. Drawing on native Australian flora as the inspiration for the many ways that plants and flowers can contribute to well-being.

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COMING UP

28/06/2018

THE SEVENTH TARRAWARRA BIENNIAL
From Will to Form
TarraWarra Museum of Art
3 August - 6 November 2018
Curated by Emily Cormack

Hiromi Tango, Lindy Lee and Sanné Mestrom are included in From Will to Form, the Seventh Tarrawarra Biennial, curated by Emily Cormack. The exhibition explores different ideas of will, showing how it can be found within form, and is also passed between objects and bodies through networks of 'active forces' or 'ideal essences'.

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CHECKOUT

14/06/2018

HIROMI TANGO 
Lizard Tail (Dawn) 2018
Melbourne Art Foundation and MLC Life Insurance commission  

Melbourne Art Foundation continues to support contemporary art and living artists through its presentation of Melbourne Art Week and in 2018 has joined with Associate Partner, MLC Life Insurance, to commission a new work from Japanese-born, Australian-based artist Hiromi Tango entitled Lizard Tail (Dawn). 

 
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CONGRATULATIONS

18/05/2018

Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes 2018
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Until 9 September 2018

Congratulations to our artists who are finalists in this year's prizes:
Angela Tiatia in the Archibald Prize
Karen Black, Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran and Gregory Hodge in the Sir John Sulman Prize
Hiromi Tango in the Wynne Prize

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ATTEND

27/04/2018

HIROMI TANGO
Part of ART|JOG 2018: Enlightenment
Jogja National Museum, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
4 May - 4 June 2018

Healing Garden: Interactive Flower Performance
4 & 5 May 2018

As part of ART|JOG 2018 at the Jogja National Museum in Indonesia, Hiromi Tango will present an interactive mixed media installation, Healing Garden (Yogyakarta), along with a live interactive flower performance  on 4th and 5th May 2018.

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GO SEE

06/04/2018

HIROMI TANGO
tactile
Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest
7 April - 20 May 2018

tactile is looking to both explore the physicality of installations - either by touch or by prevented touch - within the gallery environment as a singular temptation for the viewer.

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ANNOUNCEMENT

06/04/2018

HIROMI TANGO
Art Dubai
Dubai, UAE

Art Dubai's Little Artists Program commissions Hiromi Tango's Healing Garden, an immersive environment and discovery workshop for children and teenagers.

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FINAL DAY

23/02/2018

2018 GROUP SHOW

Until Saturday, 24 February 2018

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GO SEE

10/02/2018

HIROMI TANGO
Chromosomes
Sullivan+Strumpf | Singapore

Until 18 February 2018

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ATTEND

09/02/2018

2018 GROUP SHOW
10 - 24 February 2018
Opening tomorrow, 3 - 5pm
Sullivan+Strumpf | Sydney

Join us for the annual S+S Group Show in Sydney, offering a glimpse of our forthcoming 2018 exhibition programme and advance previews of exciting new works by S+S artists.

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READ

24/01/2018

HIROMI TANGO
Art World Women
Starting from Zero with Hiromi Tango 
by Claire Bridge

'Part of the longing for zero is a desire for a feeling of freedom —  no responsibility attached. We have so much responsibility in life, even as children … I wonder if animals, plants and birds have responsibilities. Through art I want to create a total sense of freedom. Zero.' - Hiromi Tango

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UP NEXT

20/12/2017

HIROMI TANGO
Chromosomes
Sullivan+Strumpf | Singapore
26 January - 24 February 2018

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ON VIEW NOW

29/09/2017

HIROMI TANGO
Ecstasy: Baroque and Beyond
University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane
Until 25 Feb 2018

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CONGRATULATIONS

22/09/2017

HIROMI TANGO
Sidney Myer Creative Fellow 2017
Recipient

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COMMISSION

17/08/2017

HIROMI TANGO
Vue de Monde (Melbourne) Dom Perignon Room
Permanent Commission launched

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GO SEE

31/05/2017

HIROMI TANGO
Imaginarium: To The Ends of the Earth
Including Hiromi Tango
Singapore Art Museum
Until 27 August

The Singapore Art Museum's 7th edition of family focused exhibition Imaginarium: To The Ends of the Earth, including major installation by Hiromi Tango.

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COMING UP

17/05/2017

IRFAN HENDRIAN + HIROMI TANGO
ART|JOG 10: Changing Perspective
Jogja National Museum
Yogyakarta, Indonesia
19 May - 19 June

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09/02/2017

2017
Group Exhibition
S+S Sydney
Until 18 Feb 2017

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COMING UP

24/01/2017

2017
Group Exhibition
4 - 21 Feb
Opens 4 Feb | 3-5 pm
Sullivan+Strumpf Sydney

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12/01/2017

ART STAGE SINGAPORE 2017
Sullivan+Strumpf | Booth C4

Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre
12 - 15 January 2017

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CONGRATULATIONS

19/10/2016

HIROMI TANGO
Finalist
NSW Visual Artists Fellowship
Shortlist exhibition at Artbank Sydney opens on 1 December 2016

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COMING UP

18/10/2016

ALEX SETON + HIROMI TANGO 
Contour 556: Interventions in the Landscape
Canberra Public Art Festival
Lake Burley Griffin,
Central Basin to Kingston Arts Precinct
21 October - 13 November

Taking place around the major cultural institutions, the National Library of Australia, the National Gallery of Australia, the high court of Australia and the Kingston Arts Precinct, Contour 556 is a large scale public realm intervention, bringing together the works of 50 local, national and international artists across the Canberra landscape, in response to the layers of Canberra's history.

Contour 556 will interrogate the relationships between artworks and space; artists and the public; and the ways in which art, performance and play can influence how the public perceive and remember space.

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17/10/2016

HIROMI TANGO
Public Art Melbourne Biennial Lab: What Happens Now?
Until 23 October 
Queen Victoria Market, Shed A (Peet St. end)
Open Daily 9am - 4pm

The title of the inaugural Biennial Lab, What Happens Now? offers an open-ended inquiry and the prospect of imagining new possibilities. By asking about 'now', the Biennial interrogates the multi-layered and deeply condensed history of the Biennial Lab site: Queen Victoria Market. 

From elaborate and evocative installations to intimate moments of human connection, the suite of eight temporary new works will share some of the market's secrets and stories over a calendar week. It will present workshops and performances by Sullivan+Strumpf artist Hiromi Tango, through her site-responsive collaborative project titled Wrapped.

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Hiromi Tango Lizard Tail Breaking Cycle 3 2015 pigment print on paper edition 1 of 6 + 2AP 170 x 81 cm

CONGRATULATIONS

29/07/2016

HIROMI TANGO
Bowness Photography Prize | Finalist
Monash Gallery of Art
860 Ferntree Gully Road
Wheelers Hill, Victoria
1 September — 16 October

 

Established in 2006 to promote excellence in photography, the annual non-acquisitive William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize is an initiative of the MGA Foundation. The Bowness Photography Prize has quickly become Australia's most coveted photography prize. It is also one of the country's most open prizes for photography. In the past, finalists have included established and emerging photographers, art and commercial photographers. All film-based and digital work from amateurs and professionals is accepted. There are no thematic restrictions.

The judging panel for 2016 includes award-winning filmmaker Fred Schepisi AO, photographer John Gollings AM and leading the team MGA Director Kallie Blauhorn.


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ON VIEW NOW AT S+S

02/04/2016

GROUP EXHIBITION
2 -23 April
Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney 

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Hiromi Tango Sea Tears Performance 2015 National Art School Darlinghurst Redlands Prize 13 copy

CONGRATULATIONS

07/12/2015

HIROMI TANGO
Winner
Gold Coast Art Prize 2015
5 December - 31 January 2016

2015 Judge Nick Mitzevich has awarded Tweed Heads-based artist Hiromi Tango the winner of the Gold Coast Art Prize 2015 for her work Sea Tears.

Nick Mitzevich, Director of the Art Gallery of South Australia comments:

‘One can’t escape the energy and vitality of Sea Tears by Hiromi Tango. A cultural collision of her Japanese heritage and her most recent experiences in Australia contribute to this unmissable work.’

‘Operating as both a 3D sculpture and a wall work – too much is never enough for Hiromi Tango!’ continues Mitzevich.

‘Like a Berocca for the senses, Tango seduces us into her mad and obsessive collecting. Like a bowerbird, she mines her immediate surroundings and experiences to create works that are both autobiographical and take the pulse of contemporary society. Thematically this work is a tour de force for the Gold Coast’s legacy of sea, sun and surf.’

Sea Tears has been acquired for the Gold Coast City Collection 

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Hiromi Tango Nature Nurture Green 2015

COMING UP

02/08/2015

HIROMI TANGO
FLUORESCENCE
1 - 22 August

EXHIBITION OPENING
Saturday 1 August, 3-5pm
Sullivan+Strumpf

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Hiromi Tango Sea Tears 2014 mixed media and neon dimensions variable 2

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02/08/2015

More Love Hours
Ian Potter Museum of Art
22 July - 11 October

More love hours brings together selected works by thirteen contemporary Australian artists who use craft media, techniques or processes in their practice. While the works reflect significant stylistic and thematic diversity, the exhibition demonstrates how artists use ‘traditional’ forms of creativity—ceramics, embroidery, weaving, paper-craft—to express contemporary values and complex ideologies.

INCLUDING:

HIROMI TANGO

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READ

02/08/2015

BROADSHEET
REVIEW: HIROMI TANGO
'Firing Fluorescence'

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WATCH

25/07/2015

HIROMI TANGO
FLUORESCENCE

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Hiromi Tango Hiromi Hotel Mons Belgium 2015

CLOSING SOON

24/06/2015

HIROMI TANGO
HIROMI HOTEL - MONS
Maison Folie, Mons, Belgium
18-28 June  

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ATTEND

05/06/2015

HIROMI TANGO
HIROMI HOTEL - MONS
OPENING WEDNESDAY 17 JUNE
Maison Folie, Mons, Belgium, 6pm 

Hiromi Hotel – Mons’ is an immersive installation woven from recognisable materials to create a ‘refuge’ - a festive soft-sanctuary. 

‘Guests’ - the audience, will arrive at Hiromi Hotel - Mons after weaving through secret laneways and dark spaces, experiencing strange encounters – unsure of their destination.

Created with the assistance of over one hundred residents from Mons and les Borinages,  ‘Hiromi Hotel- Mons’ will be a cheerful respite from the passage - a safe place for joyful interaction and engagement.

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COMING UP

30/05/2015

HIROMI TANGO
HIROMI HOTEL - MONS
Mons, Belgium

18 - 28 June 

Hiromi Hotel – Mons’ is an immersive installation woven from recognisable materials to create a ‘refuge’ - a festive soft-sanctuary. 

‘Guests’ - the audience, will arrive at Hiromi Hotel - Mons after weaving through secret laneways and dark spaces, experiencing strange encounters – unsure of their destination.

Created with the assistance of over one hundred residents from Mons and les Borinages,  ‘Hiromi Hotel- Mons’ will be a cheerful respite from the passage - a safe place for joyful interaction and engagement.

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Hiromi Tango Sea Tears Performance 2015 National Art School Darlinghurst Redlands Prize 2

LAST CHANCE

22/05/2015

REDLANDS KONICA MINOLTA ART PRIZE
CLOSES 23 MAY

National Art School Gallery, Sydney

INCLUDING:

ARIE HELLENDOORN
HIROMI TANGO


Hiromi Tango Garden Exhibition QUT Art Museum 14 March 3 May 2015 Photography by Jess Gleeson 18

LAST CHANCE

30/04/2015

Garden
QUT Art Museum
Closing 3 May 

INCLUDING: HIROMI TANGO

Garden brings together a selection of artwork that draws out the aesthetic, conceptual and therapeutic possibilities of the garden and explores why this reoccurring motif provides such a rich source of material for artists and their creative energies.

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Hiromi Tango Lizard Tail Breaking Cycle 4 pigment print on paper 61.5 x 61.5

ART BRUSSELS 2015

22/04/2015

25 - 27 APRIL
SULLIVAN+STRUMPF
BOOTH 3B-34

INCLUDING:

TIM SILVER
HIROMI TANGO


Sullivan+Strumpf is pleased to be exhibiting at Art Brussels for the 33rd iteration of the international fair.

Following sell-out success at Art Basel Hong Kong, Japanese-born artist, Hiromi Tango, produces evocative, highly personal neon works through her meditative art-making process of wrapping and weaving.

Exhibiting extensively in Australia and abroad, Tim Silver works across sculpture, video, photography and installation. Often made from entropic materials, such as sawdust and putty, the works begin to decompose from the moment of their assembly.

Being the only Australian gallery to be exhibiting at Art Brussels, Sullivan+Strumpf hopes to expose international audiences to the work of contemporary Australian artists, while enjoying continued overseas success.

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ART BASEL HONG KONG - PRESS

26/03/2015

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Arie Hellendoorn Verge 2015 acrylic on linen 120 x 80cm 2 Low Res Hiromi Tango Sea Tears Performance 2015 National Art School Darlinghurst Redlands Prize 2 Low Res

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24/03/2015

REDLANDS KONICA MINOLTA ART PRIZE

National Art School, Darlinghurst
Opening Night: 25 March 6pm
Exhibition Continues 26 March - 23 May

INCLUDING:

ARIE HELLENDOORN
HIROMI TANGO


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24/03/2015

Garden
QUT Art Musuem
14 March - 3 May

INCLUDING:

HIROMI TANGO

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Hiromi Tango Nature Nurture 2015 neon and textile component dimensions variable 1 copy Sam Jinks Untitled Kneeling Woman 2015 silicone pigment resin human hair 30 x 28 x 72 cm 2 Zodiac 1 2015 Bianco Carrara marble and nylon rope and spigots 15 x 95 x 140cm 2 copy

ART BASEL HONG KONG 2015

15/03/2015

SULLIVAN+STRUMPF
STAND 3C12
Hong Kong Exhibition and Convention Centre
March 15 - 17 2015

INCLUDING:

SAM JINKS
ALEX SETON
HIROMI TANGO
AIDA TOMESCU

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