Phillip Lai at Camden Arts Centre
LONDON-based artist Phillip Lai will respond to the space of Gallery 3 at Camden Arts Centre with new sculptural works, on display from April 11 to June 29, 2014.
Lai is known for a diverse practice often emphasising spatial experience, situation and encounter as materials.
A sense of itinerancy and estrangement are always present in his work, triggered by a particular use of familiar objects. These are often arranged incongruously or reproduced, pushing them to the point of abstraction and activating different ways of experiencing them.
The new works in this exhibition propose states of enclosure and containment, reflection and symmetry, as well as modes of inhabitation.
Lai’s new commission for Camden extends ideas from his recent work, such as Co-presence (2012) in which swathes of jute fabric are hung over a suspended rope line as if in a work-type space. A kind of occupancy of place is proposed by the subtle exaggeration of this apparently habitual or offhand arrangement, with cymbals hanging at intervals marking the potential for noise, disobedience and play. The disruptive effect of these contrary aesthetics introduces implausible moments that unexpectedly open it up to our imaginative involvement.
Phillip Lai will be showing at Camden Arts Centre at the same time as an exhibition by Moyra Davey.
Camden Arts Centre, Arkwright Road, London, NW3 6DG