Ken Lum (b.1956 Vancouver, Canada) works in painting, sculpture, photography, installation and performance. Lum lives and works in Vancouver, Canada and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. He received an MFA from the University of Columbia in 1985.
Ken Lum combines photographic images and text, sculptural components, and ideas about language to produce art that addresses contemporary life. He is Canadian and of Chinese ethnic origin and is interested in the articulation of individuality within the constraints of social, political, and economic systems. By using found objects, clichés, quotations and specific forms of appropriation, Ken Lum seeks to reveal the seductive process at work in advertising. He often pairs an image with text in ways that he hopes will invite the viewer to ask questions about social issues and the visual world.