Art Professor Foon Sham's sculpture exhibition at Project 4 Gallery reviewed by the Washington Post.
By Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
The subject of a stellar solo exhibition at Project 4 Gallery, Foon Sham has long been as interested in negative space as in positive. For the Washington-based, Chinese-born sculptor, whose well-known body of work consists largely of vessellike forms and basketlike abstractions in wood, the space inside, around and in between forms is as important as the forms themselves.
Take “Curve.” An undulating tower of more than 1,000 cedar blocks that’s part of an ongoing public art show in Foggy Bottom, the work is meant not just to be looked at but also to be crawled inside, where the sound, smell, temperature and light are noticeably different from the environment outside.
Sham’s Project 4 show, which celebrates the byproduct of his sculptural practice -- the mountains of sawdust that result from cutting up trees -- is a logical next step.
Logical, yes, but also fairly stunning. The centerpiece of the show, which takes up much of the gallery’s lower level, is a site-specific installation involving several conical structures covered with sawdust and salt.
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