kai chan"Growing up in China and living in Canada has informed the content and the technology of my work and the manner in which I present it. My work negotiates materials and borderlands across time and space. Using environmentally natural materials (e.g., rattan, bamboo, balsa wood) as well as discarded and recycled objects, I construct my works employing techniques that speak both of 'tradition'(my background) and 'modernity'(my adopted home) (e.g., basketry, wood joinery, hand threaded elements). Through research and making, I question and reflect on meaning in our daily living." Kai Chan, 2007.

Kai Chan has exhibited his work across Canada, the United States, Japan, Australia and Europe. He has designed exhibitions for the Gardiner Museum in Toronto and for many other institutions. He has received numerous grants from the Canada Council and the Ontario Arts Council as well as several prestigious awards including the Jean A. Chalmers National Crafts Award [1998], and the Prix Saidye Bronfman Award for Excellence in the Crafts [2002]. His work is in many prominent collections such as the Museum London, London, ON; the Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, SK; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas; Musée des Arts Decoratifs de Montréal, QC; the Canadian Museum of Civilization, Gatineau, QC; the Library and Gallery, Cambridge, ON; the Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa, ON and the Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimuseum, Trondheim, Norway.


Photo: Andrew Leyerie