An Te Liu
December 1, 2015
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An Te Liu
Contributors: Andrew Berardini, Pablo Larios, Ken Lum, Kitty Scott
Trained both as an architect and art historican, An Te Liu is a Canadian installation artist working across a number of different media. Featuring an interview with multimedia artist Ken Lum, contributions from Kitty Scott, Curator of Creative Arts at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Pablo Larios, writer and associate editor of frieze d/e, and critic and curator Andrew Beardini, this richly illustrated monograph provides the first comprehensive overview of the artist's work in a series of expressive, personal, and critical texts.
Liu's work plays with scale and context to repurpose the applicances, devices and architecture most readily associated with the domestic, wether casting a vacant house as a monopoly piece or gathering an airbourne constellation of hundreds of air purification units, dehumidifiers and ionizers. In Liu's work, these objects are used to explore themes as diverse as the subprime mortgage crisis that brought about the 2008 financial crash and the modernist obsession with purity and hygiene.
An Te Liu reworks site and space, while drawing on his substantial knowledge of the history of cultural production, design, architecture, and his research into contemporary trends in consumerism, this interdisciplinaryh approach triggers a recognisable aesthetic throughout the artist's varied body of work. Liu's work has been exhibited internationally at venues including the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam; the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art; Ursula Blicke Stiftung, Kraichtal; EVA International, Ireland; the Venice Biennale of Architecture; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Liu's works are included in the permanent collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; the Art Gallery of Ontario; and the Art Institute of Chicago.
Published in partnership with the Southern Alberta Art Gallery.
Southern Alberta Art Gallery (12/2015) 263 pp 163 b/w and col. ill. 11.0 x 8.0 in hardcover 9781910433386 $50 CAD $40 US