Congratulations to Laurent Martin “Lo”! The opening of Bamboo Traces at Contemporary International Bamboo Art & Craft Exhibition Taipei

 Laurent Martin “Lo” exhibiting at the National Taiwan Craft Research And Development Institute

Laurent Martin “Lo”, Galactic Sister, Weather beaten bamboo, steel rings and hooks fishing thread and ceramic ball, 150 x 110 x 120 cm, 2014 – 2016

Puerta Roja congratulates Laurent Martin “Lo” on the opening of Bamboo Traces – Contemporary International Bamboo Art & Craft Exhibition in Taiwan. The exhibition opened on the 29th of March with great success. The exhibition tells the story of bamboo, an ancient material, continuously evolving in modern times. Exposing the diversity of the material in its application to various disciplines and industries.  Lo is showing eight pieces, including some of his most ambitious and delicate work. Dried in the Mediterranean sun, theses hanging mobiles bring a contemporary and somewhat outsider vision to this traditionally Asian material. You can visit the exhibition until the 16th of July.

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The gravity defying mobiles swing in the air, drawing curves like the gracious strokes of Chinese calligraphy. The artist creates tension using fishing wire between the bamboos natural segments, curving the golden ration out of the negative space in a room.  A fragile harmony is achieved through opposites: flexibility and strength, fullness and void, light and shadow, movement and quietness.

Lo’s work fits beautifully with the curatorial concept of the show; “While the art makers try to communicate with bamboo with their body, mind and the muscles of hands, creating works with the sense of philosophy and spirit, and presenting an alternative spiritual value of contemporary bamboo craft. Thus, the context of bamboo’s new contemporary craft movement is gradually formed.”

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