Vancouver-based conceptual artist Ken Lum first gained international recognition with a series of works that saw him arrange found furniture into sculptural installations. Unlike the minimalist art that Lum often references, however, his work is far from abstract. His unapproachable furniture, including Red Circle (above), provokes multiple interpretations, inviting us to consider how identity is formed by the often mundane aspects of modern consumer culture. A retrospective of his work opens next month at the Art Gallery of Vancouver.
Ken Lum runs from Feb. 12 to Sept. 25 at the Art Gallery of Vancouver (www.vanartgallery.bc.ca).
The accompanying book, edited by Grant Arnold and published by Douglas & McIntyre and the Vancouver Art Gallery, is available this month through www.dmpibooks.com.