Aesthetic Alchemy: Screening, Talk and Workshop with Yam Lau

Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre is pleased to present Yam Lau (Hong Kong/Toronto) on Friday, August 8 and Saturday, August 9 for Aesthetic Alchemy, Modern Fuel's series of media artists' talks for 2014–15. This event is comprised of three elements over two days: a talk and screening on Friday, August 8 (7PM) and a workshop on Saturday, August 9 (7PM). All events are at Modern Fuel-Artist Run Centre.

The Screening and Talk

On Friday, August 8 at 7PM, there will be a curated screening of Yam Lau's work followed by a Q&A Session/Talk by the artist. Yam Lau's practice explores new expressions and qualities of space, time and the image through a diverse field of mediums including painting, animation and digital video. Admission is free.

The Workshop

In this three-hour workshop that begins at 7PM on August 9, Lau will explain the basics of 3D animation and the techniques and procedures he uses in his practice. Lau will demonstrate how to use 3D animation software by modeling Modern Fuel's current gallery space and animating an architectural walk through that members will be able to participate in. He will also design a model of Modern Fuel's new gallery space at the Tett Centre for Creativity & Learning. All levels of experience are welcome; however, space is limited to 6 attendees. To participate in this workshop there is a suggested donation of $10. To register for the workshop please email or call 613.548.4883.


Yam Lau has exhibited widely across Canada, the United States, Europe and China. He is a recipient of numerous awards from the Canada, Ontario and Toronto Arts Councils. He publishes on art and design regularly. Currently, Lau is a professor of painting, drawing and studies courses at York University as well as an appointed board member of YYZ Artists' Outlet and Centre for Contemporary Art. He is represented by the Leo Kamen Gallery in Toronto and Yuanfen New Media Art Space in Beijing China.

Image: Yam Lau, A World is a Model for the World, video installation (two projections), Darling Foundry (Montreal), 2013