Hiromi Tango

Born 1976 Japan. Lives and works, Tweed Heads, NSW, Australia. 

Education
1998

Bachelor of Arts (Humanity and Culture of Arts), Japan Women’s University, Tokyo, Japan

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2017

Upcoming, “Healing Chromosomes”, Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney

2015

Art Magic Climbing Tree", Cairns Regional Gallery, Cairns

Art Magic Remnant”, Lismore Regional Gallery, Lismore

Fluorescence”, Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney


2014

Dust Storm”, Winter Season, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney
Promised”, Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney
Hiromi Hotel : Moon Jellies”, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Casula

Selected Group Exhibitions

2017

“ART|JOG|10: Changing Perspective”, Jogja National Museum, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

“Asia-Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts: Body and Cloth: performing textiles”, Australia Tapestry Workshop, Melbourne

“Art Stage Singapore 2017”, Sullivan+Strumpf, Singapore

2016

“2017 NSW Visual Artist Fellowship shortlist”, Exhibition, Artbank, Sydney

“2016 Fisher's Ghost Art Award”, Campbelltown Arts Centre

“William & Winifred Bowness Photography Prize”, Monash Gallery of Art

“Art Stage Jakarta”, Sullivan Strumpf, Indonesia

Arrival”, Group Exhibition, Sullivan Strumpf, Singapore

Magic Object”, 2016 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, Art Gallery of South Australia

“Art Basel Hong Kong”, Sullivan+Strumpf, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre

“Group Exhibition”, Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney

“Art Stage Singapore 2016”, Singapore

2015

Sea Tears”, Gold Coast Art Prize 2015, Gold Coast City Gallery, Gold Coast

What’s in the Toybox?”, Goulburn Regional Art Gallery, Goulburn

Sea Tears”, More love hours Contemporary artists and craft, The Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne 

HIROMI HOTEL – MONS”, Migratory Complex, Punctum’s project, la Maison Folie, Mons, Belgium 

“Art Brussels”, Sullivan+Strumpf, Brussels Expo

“Art Basel Hong Kong”, Sullivan+Strumpf, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre

Sea Tears”, 2015 Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize

“10th Anniversary Group Exhibition”, Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney

Rose Garden”, Garden, QUT Art Museum, Brisbane

2014

Insanity Magnet”, Seventh Skin, Hatch Contemporary Arts Space, Ivanhoe, Victoria

TRANSIENCE”, Footscray Community Arts Centre, Melbourne


Awards
2016

2017 NSW Visual Artist Fellowship shortlist

Breaking Cycle (Lizard Tail Pulse), 2016 Fisher's Ghost Art Award, Finalist

Lizard Tail, William & Winifred Bowness Photography Prize, Finalist

2015 

Sea Tears, 2015 Gold Coast Art Prize winner

Sea Tears, Finalist 2015 Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize

2014

FIVE, DADAA & Rio Tinto Mental Health Community Art Pilot project, silver award, the Mental Health Services Award

Hiromi Hotel: Moon Jellies, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre project, Local Government NSW Arts and Culture Awards

2013

Accessible Arts Professional Development Day, Sydney Opera House Social Responsibility Award


2011

 Qantas Encouragement of Contemporary Art Award

Just One Less Social Sculpture Project, Arts and Health Australia Awards - Health Promotion and the Arts category 


2010

Art Is In Regional Arts Awards – Group – Outstanding community cultural initiative, Multicultural project – Mackay Regional Council - Hiromi Tango Artist in Residency Project
Grants 

2015

Arts Projects for Individuals and Groups 2015, The Australia Council, Australia

2014

Presentation and Promotion Grant, The Australia Council, Australia

New Work Grant, Mid Career, The Australia Council, Australia


2013

Australia-Japan Foundation, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia Government, the Visual Arts Board, The Australia Council, Australia


2012

New Work Grant, Early Career, The Australia Council, Australia

Asialink, Melbourne, Australia

2011

Career Development Grants, Arts Queensland, Australia

2009 - 2010

Regional Arts Development Fund, Arts Queensland, Australia

2009

Brisbane Airport Fresh Cut, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia

2008

Development and Presentation Grant, Arts Queensland, Australia

2007 

Kick Start, Next Wave Festival, Melbourne, Australia

2006

Individual Professional Development Grant, Arts Queensland, Australia

Temporal Public Artwork 

2016

Banksia Magic, Contour 556 Canberra’s New Public Art Festival

Wrapped, Public Art Melbourne Biennial Lab: What happens now?, Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne

2014

Eagle Lane - wall-mounted light boxes, Vibrant Laneways art program, Brisbane

Monster Hotel, Out of the Box Festival, QPAC, Queensland, Australia

2010 

Garden, Hiromi Tango Project, with 6 local artists and public, Adelaide Railway Station, Carclew Youth Art Project, Adelaide

2009 

1000 stitches, Royal Brisbane Hospital Busway Station, art+place, Museum of Brisbane Project, Brisbane 

Absence, Transformation, Moving Galleries, Melbourne 


2008

Requiem, Portside Wharf, Art, Artworkers Alliance, Brisbane

2007

Mother, Queen Street Mall, 2007 Arc Biennial, Brisbane

 

Commissions
2017 

Magic Room, Dom Perignon Room, Vue de monde, Melbourne, Permanent artwork commission


Representative by

Healing Chromosomes

60 x 60 x 25 cm | Neon, mixed media

2016

Concept

Reflecting on her growing uncertainty about how to teach the next generation how to relate to one another, and what we are teaching our children about priorities and life’s purpose, Tango questions the wisdom of how dependent our daily lives have become on technology. She states that we are animals, yet so reliant on electronic devices. Effort to slow down and repair the damage we might be doing through interacting with our environment in a different way, as well as a sculptural imagining of what our changed genetic material might be evolving. It invites the question–if we know that over-dependence on electronic devices is doing us harm, can we counteract the negative impact by focusing instead on objects and actions that engage our senses in different ways?

Our lives have become a tangle of cables for various devicessmart phones, ipads, laptops… This work is a reflection on how we have become so dependent on devices in our daily life, and the phenomenon of how our lives almost go into meltdown when we lose our connection to the internet, or our phone batteries go flat. It has led me to wonder how we recharge and reconnect as human beings. What connections are we losing to those closest to us, by being continuously connected via devices?

Working with the various strands, Tango imagined the cables to be like our DNA. This work is about her research for the invisible life line. We are bound by cables and our fragile and complex attachment to technology. What is this dependency doing to our mind, soul and relationships? I am concerned that we are changing dramatically, even at the epigenetic level.

  

Dengan melakukan refleksi atas ketidakpastiannya terhadap cara mengajarkan pada generasi penerus mengenai relasi terhadap sesama, dan mengenai prioritas serta tujuan hidup, Tango menyoal tentang kearifan kita sehubungan dengan ketergantungan kehidupan keseharian kita pada teknologi. Dia menyatakan bahwa kita adalah binatang, yang tergantung pada benda-benda elektronik. Karya ini merepresentasikan baik sebuah usaha praktis untuk memperlambat ritme hidup dan usaha memperbaiki kerusakan yang mungkin sudah kita lakukan saat berinteraksi dengan lingkungan melalui cara yang berbeda, maupun sebuah pembayangan dalam bentuk patung mengenai kemungkinan perkembangan materi genetik kita yang sudah berubah. Karya ini memantik pertanyaan—jika kita tahu bahwa ketergantungan akut terhadap benda-benda elektronik itu membahayakan kita, bisakah kita menanggulangi pengaruh negatif tersebut dengan memusatkan perhatian pada objek dan tindakan yang melibatkan indra-indra kita dengan cara-cara yang berbeda?

Hidup kita sudah berubah menjadi keruwetan kabel-kabel untuk berbagai alat—telepon pintar, ipad, laptop... Karya ini adalah refleksi mengenai ketergantungan kita terhadap alat-alat tersebut dalam kehidupan sehari-hari, dan fenomena tentang kehidupan kita yang terasa hampir runtuh saat kita tidak terhubung dengan internet, atau saat baterai telepon kita habis. Itulah yang membuat saya ingin tahu cara kita mengisi ulang energi kita dan terhubung kembali sebagai manusia. Kita kehilangan relasi-relasi seperti apakah dengan orang-orang di dekat kita, saat kita terus menerus terhubung melalui alat-alat elektronik tersebut?

Dengan menggunakan berbagai untaian, Tango membayangkan kabel-kabel tersebut menjadi, katakanlah, DNA kita. Karya ini adalah risetnya mengenai garis hidup yang tak kasat mata. Kita terhubung oleh kabel-kabel dan kelekatan kita, yang rapuh sekaligus kompleks, terhadap teknologi. Apakah pengaruh ketergantungan tersebut pada pikiran, jiwa dan relasi-relasi kita? Yang saya cemaskan adalah kita sedang mengalami perubahan yang dramatis, bahkan pada level epigenetik.

Scissors

85 x 85 x 40 cm | Neon, mixed media

2016

Concept

Fascinated by the phenomenon of brain’s neuroplasticity, Tango’s sculptural environments visualize the brain’s ability to adapt and create new pathways for transmitting information. Otherworldly and evocative, her light boxes bathe the viewer in a warm neon glow. An extension of Tango’s long-standing research into light therapy and the healing qualities of colour, the perspex sculptures are manifestations of personal history and identity. The coils and bulbous, mushroom-like forms are woven into a vibrant network of fibers, reminiscent of neural channels in the brain.

A belief that art has the ability to heal permeates Tango’s practice. Through the exchange of personal stories and emotions, her meditative art-making process of wrapping and weaving becomes a conscious act of archiving history. By enveloping the viewer in her colourful environments of collected human experience, Tango hopes to promote emotional recovery.

 

Terpesona dengan fenomena neuroplastisitas otak, suasana-suasana karya tiga dimensi Tango memvisualisasikan kemampuan otak untuk beradaptasi dan menciptakan jalur-jalur baru untuk menghantarkan informasi. Antah berantah dan menggugah, kotak-kotak bersinarnya menyiram para pengunjung dengan pendar neon yang hangat. Ini adalah kelanjutan dari riset jangka panjang Tango mengenai terapi cahaya dan sifat penyembuhan dari warna, bentuk-bentuk tiga dimensi Perspex (lembaran plastik transparan) adalah manifestasi sejarah dan identitas personal. Gulungan dan bentuk bulat, yang seperti jamur dijalin menjadi jaringan fiber yang energik, mengingatkan kita pada saluran saraf otak.

Kepercayaan bahwa seni mempunyai kemampuan untuk menyembuhkan meresap dalam praktik kesenian Tango. melalui pertukaran cerita dan suasana hati yang personal, proses pembuatan karyanya yang meditatif, yang terdiri dari aktivitas membungkus dan menenun menjadi sebuah tindakan pengarsipan yang dilakukan secara sadar. Dengan menyelimuti pengunjung dalam lingkungan yang terdiri dari kumpulan pengalaman manusia serta penuh dengan warna, Tango berharap karya-karyanya bisa mengedepankan proses pemulihan emosi.