Work in Sculpture

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 12 May, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 12 May, 2009, 12:00am

Work in Sculpture
Until Jun 14

Work in Sculpture combines the practical and conceptual ideas of three accomplished artists of different media - Jaffa Lam in mixed media sculpture, Jamsen Law in new media and video and Anthony Yeung in sound.

The show comprises a single large sculpture built with welded tubular steel that provides a strong superstructural frame divided into individual hollow compartments covered by plywood panels as an acoustic and sculptural 'skin'.

Visitors are invited to climb over the sculpture to test its sound capabilities. Each artist has designed or appropriated additional objects that can be worn and used to make sound. Law has sourced wooden butcher's clogs for people to stomp around the sculpture.

However, the sculpture's impact is greater visually than as an interactive medium to generate sound. For greater musical variety, the work requires other materials with a wider tonal range, such as plastic or tin.

The dull, monotonous thud of the sculpture's plywood reflects the artists' questioning the motivation behind the 'patchy art projects' of local property developers and the recent trend for showing art in the public areas of new buildings.

Significantly, the sculpture's lack of musical qualities mirrors the mundane, safety-first approach to the presentation of art in most malls, commercial atriums and lobbies. It's a considered approach for an astute tycoon: you know that official largesse is always a future possibility.

Unit 14D, Block C, Cattle Depot Artist Village, 63 Ma Tau Kok Road, To Kwa Wan, Kowloon, tel: 2529 0087