KEN LUM "ASK FOR LARRY MYERS", 1990
Vancouver-born contemporary artist Ken Lum’s extensive body of work confronts issues of race, class, gender, and immigrant stereotypes as seen in advertising, the media, and popular culture.
Lum addresses these issues of identity by subverting conventions of banal commercial signage while drawing on motifs from pop art, minimalism, and conceptualism.
His distinct combination of photography with generic commercial-looking text provoke the viewer to contemplate the connection and ask questions.
Among his most famous pieces is his 2010 public work, “Monument for East Vancouver,” an immense LED illuminated cross which acts as a symbol of hope and a confrontation of issues of poverty and inequality as related to the immigrant experience.
Lum is currently located in Philadelphia, where he is a faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design.
His work was recently celebrated at a retrospective at the Vancouver Art Gallery.
‘Ask for Larry Myers’ (1990) is a quintessential example of Lum’s combination of image and text and his merging of artistic and commercial aesthetics.
For more information on Ken Lum Caviar20 recommends this interview with the Globe and Mail
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Signed and numbered 5/12 by the artist
19.5"W 14.5"H (framed)
13.5"W 8.5"H (image)
Very good condition
Note: The frame is considered as a part of the artwork
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