"Apparition Kai ChanÃs exploration of textile form and construction has evolved over the years from experimentation with body adornments to more recent contemporary sculpture and installation work. The artist draws his inspiration and materials from everyday life and his works have utilized the most humble of materialsÃ³twigs from his garden, toothpicks, cardboard, incense sticks, bamboo, wire, plywood, pins, cloth and tissue paper. His practice has transcended traditional classifications of craft and textile art to create a genre that is highly idiosyncratic and aligns itself more comfortably with contemporary sculpture and architecture. His work is noted for itÃs fragile and transient nature which belies the dramatic intensity of his imagery. Accumulations of readily available materials are used as expressions of identity and denote a cultural ambiguity that reflects the artistÃs background. His sculptural works are intricately engineered and their structures are reflective of systems found in nature. Chan was born in China and at the age of nine relocated with his family to Hong Kong. His initial studies were in science concentrating on Biology, and his regard for the natural world is clearly evident in his work. He immigrated to Canada in 1966 where he graduated from the Ontario College of Art in 1970. Kai Chan is internationally recognized for his experimental approach to his art and he has exhibited in Austria, Australia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden the United Kingdom and the United States, as well as across Canada. In 1998 Chan was the recipient of the Jean A. Chalmers National Craft Award and in 2002 received the prestigious Saidye Bronfman Award for Excellence in the Fine Crafts. In 2003 he was granted a residency at the Canada Council Studio in Paris where he further refined his approach to his practice. attached image: Wading Through Black and White, 2004 ,cotton cloth, bamboo, rattan, string "