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Artists plAAy out in Blackburn
Seiko Kinoshita is inspired by the the Lewis Textile Collection
Seiko Kinoshita is inspired by the the Lewis Textile Collection

From material covered police cars to dancing carrier bags, Asian artists taking part in a new exhibition will be proving it's a strange world.

Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery's latest exhibition, Strange World, is the culmination of a two year programme called plAAy, aiming to showcase contemporary Asian Art.

This exhibition is the final show and brings together seven international and UK-based artists.

They aim to explore global issues.

Some of the artists are exhibiting their work for the first time in the UK, as they examine issues that range from the representation of women, to our thirst for gas and oil - in all sorts of surreal ways.

Wrestlers' masks

Okamoto Mitsuhiro's creation Masked Police Car
Okamoto Mitsuhiro's creation Masked Police Car

And whether it's Malaysian artist Vincent Leong's whimsical dancing carrier bags or American artist Bovey Lee's paper cutouts rooted in Chinese folk art traditions, the art works all have their fun and playful sides.

One highlight is Japanese artist Okamoto Mitsuhiro's creation Masked Police Car. Okamoto is interested in exploring the difference between what we see and are shown and how ordinary cars can be imbued with authority through symbols.

His material covered cars have been playfully likened to wrestlers' masks.

For more information visit the plAAy website.

Strange World runs from Saturday 5 September until Saturday 21 November 2009 at Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery on Museum Street in Blackburn.

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