Meaning of humanity in sat-upon items
Comic artist Lily Lau Lee-lee didn't want to stop with remaking old chairs. Some time ago, while sketching furniture, she decided she wanted to explore the possibility of turning them into 3-D designs.
Her latest installation features four connected chairs of varying heights, the lowest at 75cm and the highest at 180cm. With drawers underneath, the piece is a bizarre yet interesting combination of chairs and cabinets. It evokes a Bauhaus style with straight edges and aesthetically pleasing forms.
'I've always wanted to draw chairs and sofas because I never got the chance to do this kind of industrial design at school,' Lau says. 'As you know, girls were only allowed to attend needlework classes.
'My architect friends at Meta4 Design Forum and I thought it would be worth exploring the possibility of going from two dimensions to three. It's also quite an experiment to put out such a large piece of furniture. Hong Kong homes are so small.'
Lau has also invited artists Dorothy Shu Sum-to and Gukzik Lau to present their chair installations in two exhibitions until November.
Lau, who uses photo-copying and digital inkjet printing techniques in her art, is still working on her pieces.
Shu, whose installation My (Class) Room #2 is now being displayed, gets inspiration from her childhood and says she's always been fascinated by chairs.
Her work comprises a wooden chair under two poles facing a blank wall. You can sit on the chair and, through a set of earphones, listen to the sound of chalk on a blackboard. There are also sketches of chairs in red from different perspectives.
'I'm so emotionally attached to the classroom setting because I was discouraged to draw by my art teacher,' Shu says. 'Now, I want to make a bold expression .'
Shu says there's still much to explore artistically, using the chairs. 'Whether they have a back or whether someone is sitting on it, the structure itself reminds us of a relaxed posture. It has a strong human touch compared with tables.'
My (Class) Room #2, Meta4 Design Forum, 9/F, flats B and D, Hyde Centre, 211-226 Gloucester Rd, Wan Chai. Ends Sep 3; Gukzik Lau's installation, Oct 15-Nov 12