April 18 - May 24, 2003
Closing reception: May 24, 2003, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Through her transformations of disposable objects obtained in San Francisco’s Chinatown, Pang Hui Lim creates “worldscapes” that fluctuate between fantasy and reality. Challenging the commonly held notion of Chinatown as a tourist spectacle, Lim utilizes the mass-produced items of the unglamorous discount stores dotting the streets of that district. Sponges, air pumps, detergent, Q-tips, chopsticks, jellies, and soaps are playfully arranged and combined to create organic and vital forms. For her solo exhibition at So-Ex entitled Intimate Plumbing, Lim will create an installation where water is pumped through tubes in-and-out of the gallery walls. The tubing will connect to a 6 by 8 foot tiled wall, a loose interpretation of the bathroom in Lim’s apartment. Examining the psychological and metaphorical associations of the architecture of that room, Lim searches for signs of life in the inanimate world.