Paper got a lot of properties, which are able to visualize a narrative structure. It's fragile, massive, heavy, lightweight, practical and poetic. The Canadian artist Laurie Kang uses paper as main element to create artworks which move on the boarder between collage and installation.
After her graduation from the Concordia University in Montreal, Kang earns a Master Degree form the Bard Collage in New York. Her work was shown in different group exhibitions around the world and honored in a solo exhibition at Erin Stump Projects in Toronto in 2013. Her work is characterized by the use of soft colors, ranging from mud tones over pastels and nude tones. Kang use also different types of surfaces to include light and shadow in her minimal compositions , which are mostly built from simple office or artist materials and insist only of color and form. She declines all different associations and possibilities which are offered by the material. In her project “Untitled (Film Wall)” she uses 56 plan sheets to create a mural which get it's impression mainly about the different light situations emerging over the day. Other works from Kang are based on printed Chromogenic paper or found paper sheets.
In her first solo exhibition she shows fifty sheets of Ilford Multigrade IV RC Deluxe silver halide photo paper. All fifty pages are empty except for the subtle trace of an action: the entire stack has been dipped into liquid fixer. This project illustrates an interesting point in Kang's work: Instead of using the material as a ground for her expression, she create her works mostly only through the treatment of the material itself.
© Laurie Kang