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Kung Fu Demonstration at McIntosh Sculpture Garden

Host: McIntosh Gallery
Date: Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM
Location: McIntosh Gallery Sculpture Garden


There will be a Kung Fu demonstration in our Sculpture Garden which will involve the newest sculptures by artist Ross Bell. The sculptures are based on Muk Yan Jong, which are used to practise Kung Fu on. The literal translation means "wooden man post". 

This interactive outdoor installation comprises six sculptures based on the Muk Yan Jong, or “wooden man post” used for training in the Wing Chun form of Kung Fu. Each figure is made from ash trees cut down because of emerald ash borer. As an abstraction of the human body, Muk Yan Jong predate by several centuries similar modernist sculpture, which they resemble. For Bell the exhibition title, Last Stand, evokes several tangential associations: the decimated ash trees of southwestern Ontario, a defensive military front, and the artist’s position as a maker of things in an increasingly virtual world. Born in Alberta, Ross Bell lives in London, Ontario, where he has exhibited at DNA Artspace and Westland Gallery. He has also shown at the Art Gallery of Guelph and Chela Gallery, Baltimore. Bell is represented by Georgia Scherman Projects, in Toronto, where he has also exhibited at Propeller Centre for the Arts, and the Toronto International Art Fair.

McIntosh Gallery Sculpture Garden

Mitra Shreeram
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