This Artist Documented His Friends’ Bathroom Cabinets In Secrecy for Two Years

Original post by Helen Wong.


A selection committee comprised of CAG Young Patrons, a group of young professionals interested in being involved in the local arts scene in Vancouver, partnered with Cartems Donuts to select and display the work of a Vancouver based artist who could speak to their lived experiences within our city. The result? Donuts and art, a relationship we can all indulge in! Now on display at Cartems West Pender location is an exhibition by Canadian artist Ho Tam.

Tam’s work explores the meaning and construction of the universal experience within a society that has become increasingly diverse and intricate. His most recent projects HOTAM and POSER focus on the individual. With humour and straightforwardness, the resulting images explore how individuals pose for the camera whether it is figuratively or objectively.

Part of his project HOTAM, the images on display at Cartems are a part of his series Curious Cabinets. This project is an exploration of the boundary of curiosity and courtesy. Tam spent over two years in secrecy to document his friends’ bathroom cabinets giving insight into their direct lived experiences.

The CAG Young Patrons identified with the images that Tam produced in his series and are eager to share it with the public. The exhibition is currently on display, and Cartems and the CAG Young Patrons will be hosting a reception on June 22nd, from 6:00 – 8:00pm at the Cartems’ West Pender location to celebrate Tam’s work.

Ho Tam – Curious Cabinets
June 6 – June 30, 2017
Cartems Donuts (534 W Pender St).

Ho Tam
was born in Hong Kong before moving to Canada and has worked in advertising companies and community psychiatric facilities before turning to art. He practices in multiple disciplines including photography, video, painting, and print media. Tam is an alumnus of Whitney Museum Independent Studies Program and Bard College.

The CAG Young Patrons selection committee was comprised of Michelle Cyca, co-publisher of SAD Mag, an arts & culture publication celebrating the diverse and emerging creative communities in Vancouver, BC. Amanda Burrows, the Principal at Philanthropy Aide and a Fundraising Trainer for Social Venture Partners with over 10 years of experience raising funds for non-profits. Livona Ellis, a full time member of Ballet BC since 2010, and Shaun Dacey the Director of the Richmond Art Gallery with previous experience at the Contemporary Art Gallery and Access Gallery.