Yuen

Michael Yu and Gamzar

Yuen, meaning “circle” in Chinese, symbolizes contentment and perfection, unity and harmony.

Gamzar began his apprentice journey by learning the basic techniques of crafting galvanized iron from Master Michael Yu. Gamzar discovered that galvanized iron was not as hard as imagined but slightly elastic, soft on the outside and rigid inside, making it challenging to handle. This binary quality of the material reminded him of the Chinese philosophy of Yin-yang — harmony is created through opposites: motion and stillness, odd and even, rigid and soft. When designing the work, Gamzar incorporated two polarities with paper fans to convey his concept, using parametric design to analyze the shape and simulate the overall structure.

The natural pattern of galvanized iron is juxtaposed with the smoothness of brass. Gamzar used the folding technique to present the changes of light and shadow, resulting in an accordion-shaped installation. Rectangular-shaped metals are connected to form numerous imperfect circles, completing the circle in the end.

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