Li Hui’s Sculptures Use Technology to Capture Split-Seconds in Time
In his first exhibition at Sandra Gering Inc, the Beijing-born and -based artist says Li. “It just works for my aesthetic values.”
Installation view of “Li Hui: Ksana” at Sandra Gering Inc, courtesy of Sandra Gering Inc.
The exhibition’s title, “Ksana,” is the ancient Sanskrit word for an imperceptible span of time. In the works included in the show, images of collision and fracture abound, and Li has attempted to capture the precise moment when two objects meet and damage or even destroy one another. Here, steel mirrors are important materials, and have been carefully splintered so that they maintain their damaged form without falling apart completely, solidifying a moment between wholeness and disintegration—or the impact of
Ksana (2015) features a polished stainless steel mirror crushed by a large wooden beam, which spans the entire gallery from wall to wall. The beam appears to be hand-carved, a departure from his formerly techno-centric work in steel, glass, and electronics. Li was trained in
In Broken Heart (2014), a mirrored steel base has been crushed by the impact of a likewise-shattered chunk of black, mirrored steel. The cracks of the black hulk glow red, orange, and yellow,
Li’s work is remarkable for its skilled fusion of formal and emotive qualities. “The fusion of art and technology must reveal some truth about humanity,” he
“Ksana” is on view at Sandra Gering Inc, New York, May 12–June 27, 2015.