Cat Chiu Phillips in The Closet in Shoebox Projects


Cat Chiu Phillips
“Hung Up”

Opening May 25, 3-6pm
Second Reception May June 16, 3-6pm
On view by appointment only

In The Closet in Shoebox Projects
660 South Avenue 21 #3
LA Ca 90031


“Hung Up” is an installation art project that is created entirely from discarded and outdated telephone parts. Rotary phones, landline, payphones, answering machines, and other outmoded devices for telecommunication have been casted off and found in scrap piles, second hand stores or even the landfill. “Hung Up” is a project that transforms these obsolete materials into a playful and imaginative work but offers a perspective of its foreseeable hopeless existence. This upcycled project juxtaposes the handmade to the machine-made and junk into an aesthetic entity. It initiates a dialogue regarding abundance, electronic waste, and frivolity of advanced technology.

Cat Chiu Phillips creates installation work in public spaces often using traditional handicraft methods while encouraging collaborations within the community. By using various found materials, discarded items became an interest because of its contextual value. Inevitably this has inspired her to create installation and public art projects using various recycled products. Her public art commissions include the San Diego International Airport, Nashville International Airport, Riverside Art Museum, Westfield Horton Plaza and UTC in San Diego, City of Pasadena, City of Vista, City of Solana Beach, Las Vegas Arts and Culture Commission, Amelia Island (FL) Travel Commission, and Atlanta Beltline Project. Phillips has received awards from the California Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. She has been an educator in the public schools for over 17 years.

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