Breathe Residency: Karen Tang, 8 June - 8 September 2007 ➔ Open Studio: Karen Tang, 2007 Aug 29 - 2007 Aug 30

Open Studio: Karen Tang, 2007 Aug 29 - 2007 Aug 30

Type: Exhibition



open studio


Programme ➔ Thomas Street Programme (2003-) ➔ Artist Residency ➔ Breathe Residency, (2003-2013)


2007 Aug 29 (is beginning date)
2007 Aug 30 (has end date)


Open studio to present three metal sculptures developed by artist Karen Tang during her residency inspired by the architecture of Manchester. 

The Portal of Hellmouth (2007) was domed stainless steel sculpture, featuring a depiction of Hell Mouth, a motif common in European churches from the 16th century. The dome signified geometric  perfection, while the image of hell transformed it into a subversive science-fiction portal with an alluring surface finish referencing the modern aspirations of stainless steel architecture and fancy kitchens. 

Lion Hunt with Rubens in Gabon (2007) was a gold-plated stainless steel sculpture, featuring an image taken from, Rubens' Lion Hunt Sketch (1617). The work investigated the trajectory of the work, which originally played with 17th century European notions of the exotic, to its adoption as a a natural habitat of lions, when it featured on stamps issued by the Republic of Gabon in 1977, to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Rubens' birth.

The third work, Severed Head (Improbable John) (2007), was a stainless steel dome featuring a depiction of John the Baptist's severed head. 

Related Information

Related People and Organisations

Tang, Karen, artist (Is or was participant in)
Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (1989-) (is or was host of)

Related Places

Manchester ()

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