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Contemporary Art Gallery

555 Nelson Street
Vancouver, Canada
Open from Tuesday to
Sunday 12 pm → 6 pm

Admission always free
29 Sep 23until5 May 24

Lotus L. Kang


CAG Façade and offsite at Yaletown-Roundhouse Station

A photogram depicting mesh nylon bags against neon orange photographic paper.

Lotus L. Kang, Synapse (detail), 2023. Courtesy of the artist

Unfolding across sculpture, installation, drawing, and photography, the practice of Lotus L. Kang takes up questions of “becoming” on expansive terms. Known for her use of unstable, continuously sensitive materials and a visual language that melds structural, organic and entropic forms, Kang’s dexterously layered works explore self and environment as contingent, continuous and inseparable.

Following her fall 2023 exhibition In Cascades, Kang's public-facing works remain on view this season. On the gallery façade and at nearby Yaletown-Roundhouse Station, Kang presents a suite of works from her recent series Synapse, which continues her long-term engagement with cameraless photography. These works are created through an analogue luminogram process, with Kang placing nylon produce bags — the type commonly used to package onions and citrus — in the head of a photo enlarger and projecting them onto photographic paper in the darkroom. The resulting images are both saturated and sensorial, loosely suggestive of bodily forms and functions — sinuous tendons, firing neurons, branching networks of nerves — each a nod to endless processes of regeneration, reproduction and change.

Synapse is presented in partnership with Capture Photography Festival and the Canada Line Public Art Program — InTransit BC.


Lotus L. Kang (b. 1985, Toronto) lives and works in New York. Her recent exhibitions include the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Mercer Union SPACE, Toronto; Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY; the 2021 New Museum Triennial, New York; SculptureCenter, New York; Remai Modern, Saskatoon; and Oakville Galleries. In 2022, Kang was the inaugural resident of Horizon Art Foundation, Los Angeles and was also in residence at Triangle Arts Association, New York. She has also been artist-in-residence at Rupert Vilnius; The Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity, Alberta; and Interstate Projects, Brooklyn. She holds an MFA from the Milton Avery School of the Arts at Bard College.

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