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VONG PHAOPHANIT & CLAIRE OBOUSSIER THE MAKING OF SENSE
Central Hall, Room 230
6:30pm, Friday October 19, 2012
PRESENTED BY OCAD UNIVERSITY, FACULTY OF ART AND PUBLIC ART MANAGEMENT
Vong Phaophanit and Claire Oboussier
Based in London, Turner Prize Nominee (1993), Vong Phaophanit and Claire Oboussier have worked together for over 25 years. Their collaborative work encompasses films, books, large-scale installations and sculptural works. In 1994 Phaophanit was awarded the DAAD fellowship in Berlin and they subsequently lived and worked there for a year during which time they produced a book ‘Atopia’. In 2008 they created the film ‘All that’s solid melts into air (Karl Marx)’ as part of a pioneering art project in Luang Prabang, Laos (The Quiet in the Land). They have created a number of large-scale groundbreaking public commissions including ‘Outhouse’ (2004), a sculptural glass ‘abode’ for the collective use of local residents, sited within a public park for Liverpool Housing Action Trust and ‘Topography of Dreams’ (2007), a temporary public installation which ‘inhabited’ the Grade 1 listed, disused Curzon St. rail station in central Birmingham. Commissioned by Birmingham Arts Festival, the work gathered together the hand written ‘dream destinations’ of a cross-section of local residents that were scaled up and reproduced exactly in neon. Other recent key works in public space include permanent neon installations for Hull Truck Theatre, UK (2009), Cabot Circus in Bristol (2008) and the Neo-Natal Baby Unit at St Georges Hospital in London. Phaophanit and Oboussier were selected to create a public commission for the Channel 4 Big Art Project in 2008 for which they conceived a ‘floating sculptural space’, hovering above a lake in a North Belfast park. They have recently completed ‘Mute Meadow’ in Derry, Northern Ireland, a major public commission and ‘Coronium’, a neon installation for the new Performing Arts Building in Kristiansand, Norway. ‘Light Veils’ was launched in June this year for the 2012 Olympics : a permanent laser installation for Weymouth Esplanade in the UK. Currently they are working on ‘Urban Fire Fly’ a major sculptural commission for downtown Toronto (commissioned by Lanterra with Public Art Management). In addition to their work within the public realm work has been exhibited at venues such as Tate Britain, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, National Gallery of Canada, Ottowa, IMMA, Dublin, Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid, the Shanghai Biennale, and the Void Gallery, Derry~Londonderry. They will show newly commissioned work at the forthcoming Singapore Biennale. (Max Barnes 2012)
Central Hall, Room 230
100 McCaul St.
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