Shrooms

2016

Leung, Ghislaine

Ghislaine Leung’s works often attempt to redefine the interior space of the gallery through a series of playful interventions, using elements of sound, light, scale and temperature. Much of her work is concept-dependent, existing only as ideas rather than physical objects.

Shrooms, 2016 consists of LED nightlights in the form of mushrooms, which when displayed fill all available electrical outlets in the space. These, which the artist notes must all be of the same style and colour, then seem to sprout from walls, ceilings and floors, a creeping fungus. The work is only considered to exist when every available outlet in the room in which it is shown has a plug adaptor and nightlight. It is the act of the mushrooms occupying each outlet that forms the artwork. For Shrooms, Leung draws upon our emotional response: the warmth to the piece evokes the security of a child’s bedroom protected by a plug-in nightlight.

  • Artwork Details:
  • Edition: AP 1 (From edition of 3 + 2 AP)
  • Material description: Nightlights & adapters
  • Credit line: © the artist. Image courtesy of the artist and ESSEX STREET, New York
  • Theme: Undefined
  • Medium: Not Classified
  • Accession number: ACC37/2019

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