Exhibitions: Colour Me, Kai Chan and Balancing, Susan Lindsay
The Durham Art Gallery is proud to present works by two acclaimed textile-sculpture artists.
Kai Chan is a celebrated Chinese-Canadian textile artist who ennobles commonplace objects with a Zen-like artistic sensibility. Chan’s trademark is his masterful and aesthetically-striking transformation of simple, everyday materials.
Colour Me consists of new works created for the Durham Art Gallery and includes a large, site-specific wall sculpture crafted during the week leading up to the opening. Chan’s installation is entitled Black, White, Red. A sea of black Chinese ink is painted directly on the white gallery wall, out of this emerges the silhouette of an abstract figure shaped by red silk threads and suspended from carefully organized nails. The threads are those that Tibetans braid into their hair, Chan brought them back from a visit to Tibet. Black and white—the two ends of the gray scale—represent contrast. Threads, nails, twigs, strings, broken glass, plastic bags, recycled wood and cardboard, dried lime fruit and chestnuts are the prevailing materials that inform the delicate pieces Chan has created for this show.
Dornoch-based artist Susan Lindsay creates evocative mixed-media textile sculptures. The pieces in Balancing are bittersweet and haunting, evoking feelings of absence, tension and nostalgia. Lindsay is an expert at contrasting soft materials and images (cotton nighties, embroidered gauze curtains, fabric figures) against hard ones (wooden bed frames, slatted boxes, wire cages). When asked to summarize her work, Lindsay describes it as intuitive, sad and soft: “lines of wire and thread trace an image, a fragility is explored, a shadow of memory is created, a narrative is woven.” The viewer is left with a strong desire to answer the question “who was here?”
Colour Me and Balancing will be on display at the Gallery until September 11, 2011.
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