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Equal Dignity

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What is the biggest difference found when buying the carrot from local farm market instead of a grocery store?  Except the price, the biggest difference is the shape of the carrot.  We fail to find the misshapen and inglorious fruit and vegetable in major groceries and supermarket.  Due to our US high developing food system, the carrots were sorted before arriving to the grocery stores.  Even though some carrots look strange, in fact, in term of nutrition and taste, there is no difference.  So why did the market kick them out?  It not only sounds a kind of discrimination, but also causes food waste and pollution too. Carving is my campaign against this issue.  To let the people see the significant shape of carrot in local farm, there will be a performance to demonstrate the misshapen carrot carving in front of typical grocery – Kroger, 2nd street, Louisville, from 9am to 5pm in July 14th.

the carrots in The Root Cellar (local farm market)

carrots in The Root Cellar

In the beginning, I bought some “perfect carrots” in  a commercial grocery store, Kroger, 2nd street, Louisville.  The perfect carrots were then carved as the misshapen carrots, which were found in local farm market, The Root Cellar.   After carving them, they were separately paired to each misshapen carrot to pickled at a glass jar.    In this jar, there was no appearance difference but a pair of pickled carrots.

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There is more information about the ugly food waste issue:

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/06/24/ugly-fruits-and-vegetables-get-a-makeover/

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Winter Rope

Cold winter is a sort of energy for building a structure

Even without either adhesive or screw, it would be a frame or structure for a while because of below -2C

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I borrowed a old manila rope from Michelle (Yale-China Association), then soaked it in the cold water.  After that, I went outside and hung it on the branch.  2 hours later, if the outdoor temperature kept below -4C, the rope will be frozen and become a form of frame. It is unstable because of the fragile ice, however, if applying a better structure design on it, it can hold better.


Teacompost graffiti

When I came to New Haven, it was a snowing winter.   Some my friends told that this year the winter is the coldest, no one have idea when the spring will come.  It is my first time to stay at a snowing city over Chinese New Year.

Therefore, coffee ground spring ram was created.

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Chinese New Year is symbol of everything blooming and warm.  Is art work possible to cultivate the earth and help the plant blooming?  I printed the image of ram under the trees from Temple street to Trumbull Street during Chinese New Year.  If the snow is melted, the coffee compost will be settled into soil.  Even though the image will be gone, its meaning was inherited by the plants.

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Thanks Blue State coffee to provide their coffee compost and her participation.

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Watch her participation


Afterwork

I’m guilty to be a sculptor.  It because before the remarkable sculpture finished, our vital environment was destroyed.  However, I love sculpture and sculpting.  How can the sculpting and environment be coexisted?

To respond the dilemma about the pollution and art product in exhibition “isn’t’s own isn’t”, I tried to research interdisciplinary with phytology to address the pollution by sculpture making.

Sun flower is one of good bio-extraction plants which is able to adsorb a variety of heavy metal in the soil.  However, it is not very efficient so as to be a hypothesis.  If there is only one sun flower for this task, it may need to take over few ten years to settle the print by sculpture.

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Through water sentiment tank, the print of sculpture can be reviewed by colorimetric which indicated how much toxic chemical and heavy metal left in the water because of sculpture making.

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Different sample of soil and sun flowers were cultivated outside with different polluted water of different studios.

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isn’t’s’ own isn’t’s 非非

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A nowadays story: A schoolchild has been assigned to make a craftwork of recycled materials. The parents deliberately bought some cartons of milk and bottled juice so to “produce” enough recycled materials which would be collaged by a glue gun. The outcome seemingly fits the theme but how many would question wastes produced and resources consumed during the process? Does this kind of craftwork serve its purpose or cause more damages to the environment? “isn’t’s own isn’t” – a solo exhibition by LING Chin Tang, Parry – aims to magnify such ridiculous “eco-friendly” phenomena in disguise, symbolised by his free-standing polar bear figurines. From freezing-in-progress polar bears to documentation of resource and energy consumption, the presentation reveals the dilemma between the exhibits (art) and the environment (reality). Extended documentation can be found on the internet to cross-check if this exhibition concludes a deficit or a surplus in its balance sheet, in terms of environmental cost. Audience understanding and interpretation would evolve or get confused along the visit. About environmental protection it may seem, “isn’t’s own isn’t” intends to illustrate this concept in other contemporary issues. People may distort their original intention in order to achieve certain goals. As Daoism puts it, “There should not be the practice of what is good with any thought of the fame (which it will bring), nor of what is evil with any approximation to the punishment (which it will incur).” To artists and anyone, it is a reminder not to be blinded and deviated from one’s inner quest. “isn’t’s own isn’t” taken from E. E. Cummings’ poem darling! because my blood can sing implies the helplessness of self-denial; in this exhibition, self-denial appears as the dilemma between the process and the result, as well as the beginning and the end.

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After inserting the coins, people can give the polar bear 20 mins cold

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The spectators were able to sense and have fun with how the statues of polar bears were frosted

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However, did they think the polar bears in Arctic may be suffered by their consumption of this artwork?

There were two circumstances for the video projection to react the coin insert:

1) If nobody inserts the coins, in the video, the polar bears live in a cold place where the ice and snow was everywhere

2) If someone inserts the coins, in the video,  the polar bears live in a warmer place where the ice and snow was melted.

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In the exhibition, it was showed the environmental print by making this exhibition.  In general exhibition, this kind of materials was hidden deliberately owing to the aesthetic consideration.  However, the environmental print is affecting our daily life rather than artwork in fact.

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one country two systems-anthem (VA gallery)

2013 6 sets of head set, mp3 players,stainless steel stands and printed scores. variable dimension. va gallery, wan chai

2013
6 sets of head set, mp3 players,stainless steel stands and printed scores.
variable dimension.
va gallery, wan chai


Lui bao goes carving – Osage Kwun Tong

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click me to know how to play

2010
wood carving,mp3 integrated into hand-made wood guitar, audio file (wood cracking and carving record).
3050 x 45 x 22 cm
osage gallery, kwun tong

lui chun kwong for a joint exhibition in osage gallery. he invited
me to select one of his art work to modify. Most of his art pieces
are painting, except this wood guitar for his son. i cannot play
guitar as well as his son but i am good at wood carving so that i
record the sound of wood carving and cracking when making this
wood chair. On the other hand, i modified the guitar which was
integrated a mp3 player and oscillating sensor. consquently, while
sitting on the chair and playing the guitar, you are able to hear
my carving process and involve in it.