Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Coming exhibition in Get it Louder 2007, China




Working title: As Much As You Like韧用

Date and venue:

23 Jun – 7 Jul Guangzhou

21 Jul – 4 Aug Shanghai

16 Aug – 1 Sept Beijing

To be confirmed Chengdu

This is a collaborate project between me and William Hailiang Chen, it will be exhibited in Get it Louder 2007 in China. Chen from China is an architectural graduate from the Architectural Association School and currently working in an architectural firm in London. He is interested in environmental sustainability issues in relate to transformation of object and materiality.

The concept developed from my sculpture piece Assemblage of Used Disposable Chopsticks, 2000. The working title ‘As Much As You Like’ refers to eating. It makes connection to a buffet style serves in some of the restaurants in the UK where diners pay a fixed price to “eat as much as you like”. The title translated into韧用 in Chinese, same pronunciation as has the meaning of using what ever amount you like, also means thing can be used as many times as possible.

Disposable chopsticks have very short life span; we threw them away almost immediately we finished our meal. This project combines both Chen and my interests, where we observe the relationship of this object with us within this temporal environmental and time frame, searching ways to make connection and expand the life span of the chopstick and its paper pocket accompanied. Trapped between controllable and uncontrollable, applicable and non-applicable, we are trying to allow dialogs to expand among the chosen materials and with the viewers. The work may be seen as a cross between architectural form and sculptural form.

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