New leaps for Spencer Lai

Multi-disciplinary artist joins Neon Parc.

Words: Erin Irwin

Following a fantastic show with the gallery, artist Spencer Lai has found a new home at Melbourne’s Neon Parc. With a practice that incorporates a huge range of mediums and forms including drawing, sculpture and installation, alongside a wealth of experience curating and writing, Lai’s career has gone from strength to strength.

Malaysian-born and Melbourne-based, the artist’s works explore the concept of identity through the lenses of consumerism and cultural objects. Constructing assemblages using unusual materials that are repurposed, recycled, or found by chance, Lai’s works are instantly recognisable.

The artist has already had a great year thus far, with one of Lai’s works recently finding its way into the Artbank collection and solo shows with Neon Parc and Asbestos. The artist has previously exhibited across the globe, including solo shows in New York, Berlin and London, and participated in the 9th Berlin Biennale.

Work by Lai will be featured in Neon Parc’s exhibition Frozen Blood¸ which is open until Saturday 16 December, and will be the subject of a solo show with the gallery in 2024. His work will also be on show at the Sydney College of Arts Gallery in their exhibition At Home with Painting later next year.

This article was posted 22 November 2023.

Image: Spencer Lai, ‘Let us be silent so that we may hear the whisper of God …, Neon Parc Brunswick, 2023, installation view. Courtesy: the artist and Neon Parc, Melbourne. 

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