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Song Tao (宋涛)

Bamboo Bench

2015

28 cm (h) x 42 cm (l) x 28 cm (d)

Resin, Copper, Ancient Elm Wood

Song Tao’s most recent series Modern Fossils is a body of work that questions the notion of time within the context of China’s dynamic, often extreme and transformative contemporary environment, and goes so far as to challenge the idea of history. Like relics, the tables, benches and objects are composed of surfaces formed by pieces of ancient precious wood suspended in blocks of acrylic or lacquer, as suspended, they become frozen moments in time. Featuring a combination of antique elm set in an amber-esque resin and supported by stalks of brass bamboo, the pieces reflect the important role elm, amber, and for all bamboo have played and continue to play in Chinese culture and society. The works are unquestionably functional objects but they are equally conceptual gallery pieces, created to make a statement and to be enjoyed and valued for what they are as much as what represent—an unchanging reminder of cultural norms which will remain long after all natural matter has decayed and vanished. Each piece contains antique materials, and is crafted, designed and unique.

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