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Manga Ormolu version 5.0-h

Photo: Brendan Lee Satish Tang

Manga Ormolu version 5.0-h


Brendan Lee Satish Tang

Canadian, born in Ireland, 1975

Focusing on the intermingling of stylistic traditions, Brendan Tang’s Manga Ormolu blends cultural references. Here, a dynamic robotic form seems to discard the skin of its prior form as a Chinese Ming dynasty vessel. Of this body of work, the artist commented: “Working with Asian cultural elements highlights the evolving Western experience of the ‘Orient’…this narrative is personal: the hybridization of cultures mirrors my identity as an ethnically-mixed Asian Canadian. My family history is one of successive generations shedding the markers of ethnic identity in order to succeed in an adopted country—within a few generations this cultural filtration has spanned China, India, Trinidad, Ireland and Canada.” Born in Dublin, Ireland, to Trinidadian parents, Tang now lives in Canada, where he is a naturalized citizen. Drawing upon his familial history while connecting to broader histories of material culture, Tang’s sculpture is a reflection of contemporary notions of identity and global exchange.

Ceramics, mixed media
16 1/4 x 11 x 7 1/2 inches
Margaret E. Fuller Purchase Fund
Provenance: The artist; purchased from the artist by the Seattle Art Museum, 2011
Photo: Brendan Lee Satish Tang
Not currently on view


Exhibition HistoryBellevue, Washington, Bellevue Arts Museum, BAM Biennial 2010: Clay Throwdown!, August 28 – January 16, 2011

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