A dialogue between materials, space and time

Wallace Chan
Essay by James Putnam

isbn 978 1 9161687 5 6

96pp210 × 160 mm

Full colour on Munken Lynx Rough 170gsm

Edition of 1,000

May 2021


Wallace Chan is a Chinese fine artist and innovator who exhibitions internationally. He is renowned for this unworldly jewellery creations and sculptures, with work included in the permanent collection of the British Museum.

His creativity and curiosity have led to a myriad of innovations over the past 45 years including: The Wallace Cut, an illusionary three-dimensional carving technique invented in 1987; the mastery of titanium; a patented jade technology; the invention of elaborate gemstone settings without metal claws; and most recently, The Wallace Chan Porcelain, a groundbreaking material that is five times stronger than steel.

Titans — a dialogue between materials, space and time is an exhibtion (curated by James Putnam, showing from 20 May 2021 at the Fondaco Marcello in Venice) of monumental sculptures in iron and titanium. This book attempts to recreate an encounter with the powerful presence of these extraordinary works.