Hand Job: A Rearticulation of Craft/ Where the ____ Reside/s / 2014

“Where the ____ reside/s” merges the human skin and bubble wrap through simulation. The bubble wrap is commonly linked with caution since it is used to protect fragile and valuable objects. The human skin transformed to look like bubble wrap or the other way around tries to embody the same signification as that which the latter implies, emphasizing on the function of the skin as a protector, as a carriage of something valuable and needs caution. The work also poses a question, what does the skin hold?

It is also a work that reacts to the theme of the group exhibition “ Hand Job: a rearticulation of craft” where it was shown. The bubble wrap is composed of units, tirelessly repeated and worked on individually, not to mention the repetitive act of threading hair in and through each bubble. Craft as an art form has been part of discourse ever since the birth of the factory-made. However, to extract a few from the exhibition notes by Lena, the curator of the show, “The intensive engagement with material that understandably march with time, renders craft as a purely durational exercise induced to an evolving mastery. Combined with the vicissitudes of art idioms, the twinning of material and craft renders their work a conceptual layer, and by which the artists of Hand Job rearticulates craft, subverting the decorative arts and the fine arts in a mash-up of pure form and everyday life.”

where the ____ reside/s silicone, hair variable dimension 2014

where the ____ reside/s
silicone, hair
variable dimensions
2014

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