Vancouver Art Gallery Presents Survey of Work by Ken Lum

The Vancouver Art Gallery will present the first large-scale solo survey of the work of internationally renowned Vancouver artist Ken Lum. On view through September 25, 2011, Ken Lum features more than 50 works spanning Lum’s 30-year career, including a number of works not previously exhibited in North America: Mirror Maze with 12 Signs of Depression; House of Realization; and his recent Rorschach Shopkeeper Signs.

Over the past three decades, Lum has developed a complex body of work which includes sculpture, painting, photography and other art forms. This exhibition is a comprehensive exploration of that art, from his early performance work Entertainment for Surrey, to his acclaimed Portrait-Repeated Text series, to his more recent mirror-based installations.

“We’re very honoured to present this comprehensive exhibition of Ken Lum’s work,” said Vancouver Art Gallery director Kathleen Bartels, “Ken is, deservedly, one of Canada’s most celebrated artists and this is an outstanding opportunity to see the vast and complex corpus of his work ever brought together in one exhibition.”

Noted for its critical relevance, ironic humour and emphasis on the commonplace, Lum’s art investigates questions of identity and public/private space. His upbringing in East Vancouver, a place of overlapping cultural values, forms the basis for much of his work. Subverting the visual tropes of mass media – such as signs, billboards and logos – Lum reveals the tensions and contradictions that characterize life in an increasingly globalized world.
Lum’s work has been exhibited throughout North America, Europe and Asia, and presented in important international forums such as Documenta and the Carnegie International, as well as in Biennales in Shanghai, Gwangju, Liverpool, Istanbul, Sao Paolo and Venice.

Ken Lum is organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery and curated by Grant Arnold, Audain Curator of British Columbia Art. The exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue, published in partnership with Douglas & McIntyre.

The exhibition is supported by: Presenting Sponsor, Polygon Homes Ltd.; the Province of British Columbia; Arts Partners in Creative Development; and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Additional support is generously provided by Rick Erickson and Donna Partridge.

Image: Ken Lum, 117 Dwight Eisenhower Blvd, 2009, mixed media. Courtesy of Lothar. Albrecht Galerie, Frankfurt

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