Foam to Form
Foam to Form, 2015-2016
Plaster, titanium powder, abalone shell, crystal mineral, doorstop, air hardened clay, acrylic paint, insulation cotton, plywood, toy egg, and wheels
29 7/8 x 6 3/4 x 10 5/8 inches
76 x 17 x 27 cm
Certificate of Authenticity
Luo Jr-Shin’s (b. 1984) work is characterized by an experimentation with a variety of traditional and unconventional materials. Ranging from clay, resin, and metal, to food, chemicals, and scents, these substances are vehicles through which the artist investigates the underlying spirituality and human condition in our representational world.
This work considers the aesthetic possibilities of Styrofoam, a material more commonly associated with packaging. As Wang Po-Wei notes, “In Foam to Form, the artist represents styrofoam by casting it in plaster, which separates it from the context of its functionality in daily life and propels it into the tradition of art. This form of petrification allows the viewer to keep their experience untarnished by the significance of functional objects; it is a means of cleansing art and ridding it of any interference from the original medium itself. This technique does not make a ready-made object a part of the work, nor is it taking styrofoam and directly placing it into the exhibition space. It is truly, as its name suggests, turning foam (styrofoam) into form, with a particular emphasis on foam. Petrifying styrofoam is a strategy of magnifying form itself amidst the differences between medium and form.”1
1 Wang Po-Wei, “Between Perception and Art: Luo Jr-Shin Questions Concerning the Forms in Foam to Form,” in Urban Synesthesia. Exh. cat. (Kaohsiung, Taiwan: Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, 2015).
Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Urban Synesthesia, October 17, 2015 - January 10, 2016.
Taipei, VT Artsalon, Slide, Don’t Slip – A Solo Exhibition of Luo Jr-shin, April 16 - May 21, 2016.
Taipei, Michael Ku Gallery, Even though the future may be far away, Even though saying good bye needs not be at an airport, If only you could describe a future, March 11 - May 6, 2018.