Soft Spot: Plastic Sculpture by Ashley Thorner

Nov 2, 2001 – Nov 25, 2001
Para/Site Art Space
2 Po Yan Street, Sheung Wan
Opening Reception
Nov 2, 2001
6:00 - 8:00pm

Ashley Thorner


Hong Kong, a city lacking in manufacturing industries and space, poses in turn limits for the development of local sculpture. This solo exhibition of  Ashley Thorner’s soft sculpture is relevant to a special local context and is a reference for exploring the creative possibilities in Hong Kong.

The rather academic conceptualized art-making that is still mainstream in the male-oriented art world does not interest Thorner. She prefers to express herself in a more direct and visual language using contemporary material. The result is a big organic creature. Soft plastic provides Thorner with visual and tactile possibilities suited to her sensitivity and imagination. Technically it also allows for the flexibility of the space involved and relies less on industrial support or on the physique of the sculptor, conventional prerequisites for making sculpture.

Ashley Thorner graduated from the California Institute of Arts, Valencia, CA in 1995. She has been incorporating soft plastic in her sculpture and installations since then. This year she has already held two solo exhibitions in California. Soft Spot is her first show in Hong Kong.

This exhibition is supported by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council.


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The Archive Project is financially supported by the Project Grant of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council.



Press release (2001/ex_15/box 1/5)

Exhibition catalogue (2001/ex_15/box 1/4)

Video documentation (2001/ex_15/box 23/14)