Bibliolattice – A Show of Knots

Bibliolattice – A Show of Knots
18-Nov-2021 - 20-Feb-2022
G/F T.T. Tsui Building, University Museum and Art Gallery, HKU, 90 Bonham Road, Pokfulam Hong Kong
Supervised by:
Martha Lewis
“Bibliolattice – A Show of Knots” Exhibition @ University Museum and Art Gallery, HKU

November 18, 2021 (Thursday) to February 20, 2022 (Sunday)
9:30 am – 6:00 pm (Tuesday to Saturday)
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm (Sunday)
Closed on Mondays, University and Public Holidays
Venue: HKU University Museum and Art Gallery
G/F T.T. Tsui Building, UMAG, HKU
90 Bonham Road, Pokfulam, Hong Kong
December 2, 2021 (Thursday)
5:00pm – 6:00pm

This temporary installation was created specifically for the HKU University Museum and Art Gallery, by students from the architecture and landscape architecture programs, led by artist Martha W. Lewis. Bibliolattice is a collective artwork whose structure is suspended from the ceiling, and which combines individual macrame knotworks into a cohesive whole.

This unique structure is the culmination of the M.Arch Disciplinary Elective Course ARCH7479 Temporary Site-Specific Installation from the fall semester, 2021-22. The inspiration for the lattice works derives from grid systems in parametric architecture, from items studied by the class in the Museum’s historic collection, and by the interior design fittings of the Museum itself.

The current exhibitions: Reflected Beauty and High Gothic were also seminal in the construction and conception of this work. Light, which filters through gaps between the macrame weaves is reminiscent of light filtered through the intricate framing of High Gothic stained glass, and the delicate interplay of the antique sepia-toned colour palette was directly inspired by the carpets, paintings and embroideries the class examined when doing research for the project. All students collaborated to make a unique, contemporary handmade work celebrating the history, labour, craftsmanship and refined scholarship that make up the museum, its publications and culture of learning.

Bibliolattice refers to the books and the knowledge flowing within this serene environment, transforming the visual idea of books and carved frames into the softer structural presence of knotwork grilles and ornate string lacework into a festive cluster floating above the texts and the visitors, hovering over the archive as a welcome and a fanfare.


Freda Chan, Christy Chan, Nicole Chiew, Cho Lok Man, Jerry Chow, Yimeng Huang, Lau Tsz Ting, Parco Law, Li Chenming, Sherene Ng, Alyssa Tang, Dawn Tang, Preeti Tariq, Kevin Tong, Emily Tsang, Scarlett Tse, Yulai Wang, Alison Wong, Wenyue, Ching Yeung, Marco Yeung, Yeung Suk Ting, Yin Fang Yi, Rochelle Yu, Zeng Tian

*This event will observe social distancing measures set out by the government. Visitors can walk in but may be required to take turns to enter the gallery.

Free Admission.

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