X – Creature Creature
On the 25th Feb, Creature Creature is presenting their show entitled “X” at Q Bank Gallery in Queenstown, Tasmania.
Creature Creature is the artist duo Chanel Tang and Ambrose Rehorek. They first met at university and ‘flirted through art’ until they formed an official union in 2011 under one name. Creature Creature was chosen from a quote in the 1960’s film A Bucket of Blood; “A Creature is a Creature…or it is an artist!” Since then, they have been exhibiting throughout Melbourne and interstate with 3 solo shows under their belt. Both with a background in fine art and graphic design, their work is a blend of both these practices with strong historical influences, mixed with a love of street art and illustration. Creature Creature play with the idea of duality, east meets west, and the natural world. A dragon and Unicorn are the pair’s alter egos that appear commonly in their art. Born in Adelaide, Ambrose has a Degree in Visual Arts from the University of South Australia. Chanel was born in Wellington, New Zealand, moved to Australia in 1998 where she undertook her Degree in Fine Art at Monash University. We met doing a Graduate Diploma in Graphic Design at RMIT.
These are the pieces for the show, “X”:
This is their artists’ statement for the show:
“X” is a selection on work created during our residency in Qbank Gallery Queenstown from 6th Feb to 24th Feb.
Our work for this exhibition follows similar themes we have been exploring throughout our art practice, of dualism, contrast and opposing forces. This comes from our process of collaboration.
X is a symbol that represents this balance, repetition and symmetry. X is our paths crossed, our union, and marks the spot of our destination.
We aim to explore this narrative through various subject matter. The skulls can be seen as a symbol of finality. In our work, the skulls have openings, entrances and exits, suggesting a beginning to an end. The wolf-like creature is one of our own creation, melding canine species with the elegance of a gazelle or horse. Their presence is both sinister and a display of beauty. Other motifs are simple recollections of what we have seen in our time in Tasmania.
With our juxtaposition of styles and concepts, we hope to create harmony within the work and turn conflicting ideas and energy into one force.