Through use of pattern, shape, and colour, primitive man transitioned from communication to expression, from messenger to maker. Meta-Chroma is an exploration of this very transition, including deliberate use of man's accessible tools and techniques--also done by hand--with Japanese gampi (root) paper.
I cut the paper, first into strips, then sections, and crease the marks required to shape the work. Once scored, I individually paint each piece of paper with traditional geometric shapes and lines. When I have made a number of similar colour (paper) strips satisfying a particular form I intend to construct, I fold each strip along certain score marks which I then fit into one another by adapting Japanese joinery techniques.
Ooi's sculptures and paintings have been recognized in both the design and art world – from Toronto, Canada to Jyväskylä, Finland – and is included in publications such as Illuminate Contemporary Craft Lighting (Bloomsbury Publishing) and 1,000 Product Designs Form, Function, and Technology from Around the World (Rockport Publishers).
SELECTED EXHIBITIONS 2017 New Primitives, BoxHeart Gallery, Pittsburgh PA; 2016 Intention, Indigo Gallery, Buffalo NY; 2016 SOFA 2016 with Option Art, Chicago IL; 2011 Let There Be Light, Japanese Paper Place, Toronto ON; 2011 Washi Collaboration Show, Japanese Paper Place, Toronto ON; 2011 Interior Design Show (IDS), Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto ON; 2009 Graphica Creativa ‘09, Jyväskylä Art Museum, Jyväskylä FI; 2009 Come Up to My Room, Gladstone Hotel, Toronto ON; 2008 Radiant Dark, Cambridge Galleries, Cambridge ON;N 2008 World Washi Summit, Japanese Paper Place, Toronto ON; 2007 Radiant Dark, Burroughes Building, Toronto ON.
Gampi paper, in process.
META-CHROMA will continue to be on view throughout the holiday season
and during the upcoming holiday exhibition: CONTEMPORARY CANADIAN JEWELLERY, THE 29TH EDITION
Celebratory Opening Thursday, December 8, 5-9 pm.
Watch for the invitation at the beginning of December!