Above is Kwangho Lee’s ballroom installation for Come Up To My Room 2009 at the Gladstone Hotel.Â Â Kwangho insists on making every object he creates by hand, linking him to the peasant life of his grand-parents and that life seems to have such an influence on his work.Â Â This is interesting and fresh in a world where it seems every designer wants a fast-track career and mass-produced products.
Beyond the pleasure of a precisely calculated form, Kwangho Lee searches for the aesthetics in the value of memories that connect the past and the present provided
by the human hand.
Kwangho Leeâ€™s work comes mostly from his childhood experiences. Through his work he searches for possible changes and new meanings in the most ordinary objects of our daily lives. Kwangho believes that many of the mundane objects have boundless capabilities of transforming into something else. Guided by his motto â€œORDINARY OBJECTS CAN BECOME SOMETHING ELSEâ€ Kwangho seeks to express the symphony of design and craft. His projects never undergo machinery process. Therefore only small quantities are â€˜craftedâ€™ out of his hands.
Kwangho’s work is presented byÂ Montreal designÂ gallery commissaires, in collaboration with Torontoâ€™s Ministry of the Interior.
Above are photos of Eric’s and Andrew’s installation for Come Up To My Room 2009 at the Gladstone Hotel.
Collaborating since early 2008, Andrew Ooi and Eric Mathew share a common interest in the elegant versatility of paper as a design material. Their work utilizes paper as a valuable commodity, in contrast to its popular public conception as a ubiquitous disposable resource. Drawing inspiration from traditional Japanese uses of paper in the production of items of everyday use, their work has evolved to include lighting, furniture, and ornament. In June of 2009, they will exhibit a site-specific installation
at Graphica Creativa â€™09, a printmaking triennial at the Jyvaskyla Art Museum, Finland.
Andrew Ooi is a self-taught artist who works with paper and light. Based in Toronto, Ooiâ€™s focus on reusable and renewable resource let to his use of recycled papers and energy efficient light sources. He makes hanging or free- standing origami shapes infused with light. Ooiâ€™s Origami Light-Works provide a calming glow through the rhythmic geometry of folded paper and the diffuse light the paper casts. His works were recently featured in Radiant Dark, at Design at Riverside, Cambridge Galleries, ON.
Eric Mathew is a print-based artist working in Toronto. Mathew completed an MFA at York University and has exhibited widely in Canada. Recent exhibitions include Showcase â€™07 at Cambridge Galleries, and 2-4â€™s and Time Travel at MADE, Toronto. Often working with a combination of silkscreen and painting his work deals with themes of consumerism, identity, and the Canadian mythological fabric. The graphic simplicity of his work has led to design commissions including most recently, street banners for the City of Torontoâ€™s Live with Culture campaign, and custom carpet designs for sourceUK.
The artists would like to thank the generous support and encouragement of Julie Nicholson and Shaun MooreÂ of MADE.