Foon Sham, Escape I, Tunnel, 2016. Pine, 14 x 62 x 5 ft.

Foon Sham

Washington, DC

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

Foon Sham’s sculptures evoke a myriad of forms–towers, vessels, baskets, grottoes, mountains, and even tornadoes. Often spiraling upward or outward, his works are built with layered wood, and they are participatory. Since the 1990s, he has created structures that invite viewers into intimate, light-dappled, and wood-scented spaces. Part of the thrill of his work is entering it– a sometimes acrobatic feat when faced with low, jagged passageways. The reward for exploration is a view of complex, textured interiors that open skyward. The experience offers a romantic encounter with wood, which Sham makes the star of his work. “Escape,” curated by Laura Roulet, featured three recent, large-scale works.…see the entire review in the print version of January/February’s Sculpture magazine.