Ken Lum

Ken Lum
From Shangri-La to Shangri-La

January - September 2010
  • Education - attended the University of British Columbia (UBC) and acquired a Master of Fine Arts Degreee
  • Taught at UBC from 1990-2006 and has lectured at multiple institutions in worldwide
  • Over the past 25 years, Lum's work has been featured in many solo exhibitions in Berlin, Brussels, Buenos Aires, Edinburgh, Frankfurt, Geneva, London, New York, Ottawa, Paris, Seoul, Stockholm and Vienna, and more

Artist Ken Lum constructed scale replicas of three squatter’s shacks. Propped up on stilts over the surface of the Offsite reflecting pool, the sculptural huts strike a sharp contrast in the context of surrounding downtown architecture.

The components take their form from the architecture of cabins that were erected on the north shore of Burrard Inlet, in an area near Dollarton known as the Maplewood Mudflats, during the early to mid-twentieth century. By the 1940’s there was an informal but cohesive community of squatters living in the ramshackle cabins of Maplewood’s intertidal zone. For this installation, Lum recreated the cabins of renowned writer Malcolm Lowry, artist Tom Burrows and Greenpeace leader Dr. Paul Spong. The artist decided on the title in thinking about the name of the development and ideas of utopia.