Tyre pieces, string/cord
19 x 12cm (exact dimensions and materials vary)
Edition of 15
This edition closely relates to a work in Phillip Lai’s Gallery 3 exhibition in which fragments of tyres are wrapped around each other, in an arrangement that is evocative of a group of snakes. Here, one piece of tyre forms a grip around another which is turned inside out, displaying the inner surface which would normally touch the innertube or wheel. These methods of abstracting the material from its everyday use, draw attention to the tyre as an object associated with movement - usually spinning or traversing a distance.
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Phillip Lai (b. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 1969) lives and works in London. He completed his MFA at Chelsea College of Art & Design, London (1993–94) and BA Fine Art, sculpture, Chelsea College of Art & Design, London (1990–93). He currently teaches Fine Art at Goldsmiths, London. His recent solo exhibitions include Stuart Shave | Modern Art, London (2012, 2009); Visitor, Galleria Franco Noero, Turin (2012); Introduction and Jargon, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow (2009); Open Container, Galerie Giti Nourbakhsch, Berlin (2008). His work has been included in the following group exhibitions: London Twelve, City Gallery Prague, Prague, Czech Republic; No Soul For Sale: A Festival of Independents (Mousse contribution, curated by Jonathan Griffin), Tate Modern, Turbine Hall, London (2010); Seven Times Two or Three, Cubitt, London (2008); In the Poem about Love you don’t write the word Love, Overgaden, Institute for Samtidskunst, Copenhagen, Denmark, Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis, MN, USA and Artists Space, New York, NY, USA (2006–07); If It Didn’t Exist You’d Have To Invent It: A Partial Showroom History, The Showroom, London (2006). Phillip Lai is represented by Stuart Shave | Modern Art, London and Galleria Franco Noero, Turin.