Tally Beck Contemporary is pleased to have presented Happy Toy, a multimedia exhibition by Beijing-based artist Laurens Tan, as part of ART ASIA Presents, a curated special projects section at ART Asia Miami 2011 in Midtown Miami from November 30 to December 4, 2011. Happy Toy also was exhibited from September 7 to November 6, 2011, at Tally Beck Contemporary Gallery in New York.
Happy Toy is Tan’s multimedia installation concentrating on themes of China’s linguistics, technology and culture of fabrication. Amalgamating sculpture, architectural and animated space, music, graphics, film and industrial design, Tan’s artwork explores the dynamism of contemporary urban China in his language of playful, witty semiotics. Tan focuses on the ambiguities in the interpretation of Chinese characters by analyzing the transformation of language and meaning through his text-based installations.
A review of the exhibition is available here.
Currently based in Beijing, Laurens Tan was born in 1950 in the Netherlands to Chinese-Indonesian parents. He spent over 30 years in Australia and pursued an academic career teaching design and art in universities in Australia, the USA and China. He exhibits internationally.