Kai Chan: A Spider's Logic - A Thirty-five Year Retrospective / La logique de l'araignée - Rétrospective 35 ans de création

Sarah Quinton

In his celebrated minimalist sculptures Kai Chan employs materials and techniques that speak to both tradition and modernity. Working with common objects such as thread, twigs and buttons, Chan alters the nature of what constitutes sculpture and what constitutes textiles by transforming elements of the natural world to evoke geographical boundaries and cultural influences. This 35-year retrospective publication features works created between 1975 and 2010, many of which are shown here for the first time. Born in China in 1940, Kai Chan immigrated to Canada in 1966. Since the 1970s he has exhibited his work across Canada, the United States, Japan, Australia and Europe. His work is in many prominent collections such as the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal Museum of Decorative Arts and the Canadian Museum of Civilization.  Kai Chan’s work is critically received equally within the discipline of textiles and the visual arts in general. He participated in the prestigious 12th International Biennial of Tapestry in Lausanne, Switzerland in 1985, and the equally notable International Triennial of Tapestry in Lodz, Poland in 2001. Published with the Varley Art Gallery.

Textile Museum of Canada  (06/2011) 88 pp 45 col. ill. 10 x 8 in softcover; In English and French.

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