Sunday, 1 April 2012

Sun 1st April: Song Dong: Waste Not

What may appear like snaps from one of my prop-house visits is in actual fact "Waste Not" by Song Dong at The Curve, Barbican - the first major exhibition in the UK from the Chinese artist.  The installation of over 10,000 household objects is an accumulation of his own family's collected paraphernalia across five decades.  The method of saving and re-using materials in this way came about from survival at times of political unrest and goes under the term of "wu jin qi yong" - "waste not".  Its quite remarkable to see the patchwork sewn on chair seats and bundles of shreds of fabric amongst seemingly lesser value scraps such as knotted up plastic bags .  The patterns built up from polystyrene packaging  blocks is particularly surprisingly beautiful............. very "The Daily Nice"!  

15 February 2012 - 12 June 2012, The Curve

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