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Brendan Lee Satish Tang
Remix Generation
Z.C., March 11, 2011
Brendan Lee Tang_ Manga Ormolu, hybrid sculptures
Brendan Lee Tang_ Manga Ormolu, hybrid sculptures
 
As evidenced in my reconfiguration of historical art traditions and my use of mixed media, I am intrigued by cultural appropriation and hybridity. Undoubtedly, these predominant themes in my work are a reflection of my own ambiguous cultural identity. Although I am considered “Asian Canadian” within the dominant culture’s framing, my family has lost even vestiges of connectivity to Asia through several generations of intercontinental migration and ethnic intermarriage. I have used self-portraiture to explore issues of race, class and sexual identity in greater depth.

Brendan Lee Tang_ Manga Ormolu, hybrid sculptures
Brendan Lee Tang_ Manga Ormolu, hybrid sculptures
 
While my aesthetic is driven by a seemingly manic consumption of visual culture, my work is labour intensive and detail oriented. I place high value on craftsmanship, as refinement allows me to reference art history, and notions of class and value. I employ hand painting, gold luster, airbrushing, hand-modeled filigree, and photo-based decals, among other means, to create alluring pieces. Working primarily in clay, I exploit its ability to convincingly emulate other materials, such as the “robotic” prosthetics in the Manga Ormolu series. Undeniably, working in clay offers not only satisfying technical challenges, but also vital kinesthetic connectivity to my art practice.

Brendan Lee Tang_ Manga Ormolu, hybrid sculptures
Brendan Lee Tang_ Manga Ormolu, hybrid sculptures
 
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