Recent Work - Camden Art Centre

This exhibition concentrated on his recent series of diptychs, begun in 1993, featuring staged portraits of ‘ordinary’ people alongside texts which are apparently the speech or thoughts of the subjects.

These works focused attention on the personalities, feelings and problems of the subjects and Lum did not deny the voyeuristic element in the work. The images and texts combined to involve the viewer in the anxiety and humour of these everyday but emotionally-charged scenes.

A four-part video work relating strongly in treatment and subject-matter to the diptychs, and made especially for the exhibition, was also included. This was the first time Lum’s work was shown in this country.


Images The Artist Supporters

The Artist

Ken Lum was born in 1956 in Vancouver where he currently lives and works. His experience of growing up in Vancouver’s Chinatown has formed his perspective on the relationship between art and life, and provided a rich source of imagery and observations on which he bases his work. The early ‘furniture sculptures’, his ‘logo-portraits’ and ‘language paintings’, all have their roots in the streets of Vancouver.