Monday, April 02, 2012

Brookfield Blast

BLAST by An Te Liu spills down from the steel arches of the Allen Lambert Galleria in Brookfield Place. The tornado of white, household appliances looks like it should be carrying Dorothy and her house on a journey to Oz, instead it hovers above the passing pedestrians going here and there, ready to be noticed or ignored. From afar it looks like a little rain cloud about to pour down moisture in the protected environment of the long glass hall.
The menagerie of ordinary items includes fans, heaters, Nintendo games and my favourite - a George Foreman grill. In Ontario the high flying art installation represents a lot of money in electronic disposal fees, taxes and the original purchase price, used a few times and then disposed of, or to live for a lot longer in a work of art.
"An Te Liu’s installations and sculptures explore issues of function, dysfunction and cultural coding in our built and hypothesized environments. He was the Canada Council’s Artist in Residence at the K├╝nstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin in 2008 and has recently exhibited at MOCCA, The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark, the EV+A in Ireland, and SFMOMA. His work has been widely published and is included in the permanent collections of San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Liu is represented by MKG127, Toronto."

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