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Caroline Mak
updated: 09/13/2010
website: www.carolinemak.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
Artwork Title
art-medium
art-year
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Dressing Wounds (day 10 of performative installation)
Dressing Wounds (day 25 of performative installation)
Dressing Wounds (Detail view)
Daisy Chain
Overflow (detail view)
Overflow
Circulation
Dissolve-scape 1
Dissolve-scape 2
Untitled
Creep
Creep (detail)
Root Architecture
Scroll
Cross-sections
 
Portfolio Keywords:  process, biomorphic, collage, diagrammatic, mapping, systems, site-specific
 
 
Dressing Wounds (day 10 of performative installation) by Caroline Mak
Dressing Wounds (day 10 of performative installation)
thread, buttons, zippers, fabric trimming
2010
96" x  120" 
Dressing Wounds (day 25 of performative installation) by Caroline Mak
Dressing Wounds (day 25 of performative installation)
thread, buttons, zippers, fabric trimming
2010
96" x  120" 
Dressing Wounds (Detail view) by Caroline Mak
Dressing Wounds (Detail view)
thread, buttons, zippers, fabric trimming
2010
96 " x  120 " 
Daisy Chain by Caroline Mak
Daisy Chain
wallpaper, graphite, ink
2010
Dimensions variable
Overflow (detail view) by Caroline Mak
Overflow (detail view)
PVC tubing, gaffers tape, wood, expandable insulation foam, spray paint
2008
110" x  168"  x 120" 
Overflow by Caroline Mak
Overflow
PVC tubing, gaffers tape, wood, expandable insulation foam, spray paint
2008
110" x  168"  x 120" 
Circulation by Caroline Mak
Circulation
graphite, felt, latex tubings, wallpaper
2009
144" x  30"  x 10" 
Dissolve-scape 1 by Caroline Mak
Dissolve-scape 1
Tyvek, thread, aluminum tape, graphite, acrylic paint
2008
24" x  20" 
Dissolve-scape 2 by Caroline Mak
Dissolve-scape 2
Tyvek collage, graphite, ink
2008
5" x  7" 
Untitled by Caroline Mak
Untitled
Latex tubing, PVC pipes, aluminum tape
2009
144" x  60"  x 8" 
Creep by Caroline Mak
Creep
Masking tape, aluminum tape, wood.
2008
60" x  14"  x 12" 
Creep (detail) by Caroline Mak
Creep (detail)
Masking tape, aluminum tape, wood.
2008
60" x  14"  x 12" 
Root Architecture by Caroline Mak
Root Architecture
4000 ft of latex tubing, adhesive, resin
2007
109" x  300"  x 96" 
Scroll by Caroline Mak
Scroll
paper towels, thread
2006
Dimensions variable
Cross-sections by Caroline Mak
Cross-sections
foam
2005
86" x  36"  x 8" 

Artist Statement
By performing and enacting a series of repetitive transformative actions – whether it is painstakingly braiding and knotting length of tubing, or tearing and gnawing through slabs of foam – through the physicality of my actions, I bestow upon the material an ability to further decay, multiply or spread beyond its original confines. The systems that emerge in my installations contain references to disciplines ranging from topography, biology and the decorative arts. Natural processes are translated, reflected and re-created in my installations. In the process of construction, systems become apparent in the spaces they are assigned to, each self-contained worlds with their own inherent logic.
My background in science remains vital in my approach to my art; I do not make work about science, but am still very much aware of the impact biological systems have on our everyday existence. This is evident in my practice through the use of biomorphic forms and references to self-organizing systems; whether it is a model of a spreading disease that is alluded to, or the spread of marine algae. The plasticity of scale is critical; the microscopic can be made tangible and visible at a human scale, but as the scale is shifted comes a change in how we comprehend these forms, and the references from which we draw.

Artist Bio / CV
Born London, UK. Raised in Hong Kong.

2003 - 2005
University of Chicago, IL
M.F.A. from the Committee on Visual Arts in sculpture and installation

1998 – 2002
Stanford University, CA
B. S. in biological sciences and a B.A minor in studio art

GRANTS/ AWARDS

Fall 2010    BRIC Media Fellowship, Brooklyn, NY

July 2010    Elsewhere Collaborative Residency (NEA Fellowship), Greensboro, NC

Feb 2010    Gallery Aferro 6 month Studio Residency, Newark, NJ
 Sept 07 Emerging Artist Fellowship, Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens, NY

03-05 University of Chicago Unendowed Fellowship, Chicago, IL

2004 University of Chicago Arts Council Summer Fellowship, Chicago, IL

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
Dec 07 Nylon Riots, New Life Gallery, wooloo.org, Berlin, Germany

Oct 06 Home Improvement, PS 122 Gallery Hallway Space, New York, NY

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

July 10        Ongoing Work, Elsewhere Collaborative, Greensboro, NC

Feb 10        Housebroken, Flux Factory, Queens, NY

Nov 09        Sculpture on Sea, Hong Kong

Sept 08 Engendered Space, SCA Contemporary, Albuquerque, NM

Aug 08 Projects ’08, Carriage House, Islip Art Museum, Long Island, NY

May 08 Mirage, Hong Kong Art Fair 08, curated by Sabrina Fung

Dec 07 Brief Encounters, Caren Golden Fine Art, New York, NY

Sept 07 Emerging Artist Fellowship 07, Socrates Sculpture Park, NY

Feb 07 Greater Good, Site for Art and Architecture, Philadelphia, PA

June 06 Seventh Biennial Bellevue Sculpture Exhibition, Bellevue, WA

Jan 06 2nd Annual East Williamsburg Survey Show, Tastes Like Chicken Art Space, Brooklyn, NY

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
Hong Kong Visual Arts Yearbook, 2008 (illus)

Chui, H.K. “The Mirage Amongst the Art Galleries’, Artist, June 2008, no. 397 (illus)

Chan, K. Ming Pao Daily News, May 14, 2008, A. 28 (illus)

Burrows, V. “No doubt about it, local art scene is alive and kicking”, South China Morning Post, May 9, 2008 (illus)

“Itinerary – Socrates Sculpture Park”, Sculpture, vol. 27, no. 1, pp. 19 (illus)

Enriquez., L. “Sculpture: Looking inward, reaching out at biennale”, The Seattle Times, June 30, 2006

Powhida, W. “Critic’s Pick” , WagMag, Feb 2006