(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
, and so his work often reflects those fields’ use of elegant solutions to material problems. The beam appears to have bolted from the wall, its pointed end crushing a concave spider web into the center of the mirror. This solidified moment is a third object created by the explosive combination of two distinct forms.
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,
. The romantic title might be read as the climactic violence wrought both by and on a person suffering from the pain of love. In contrast to Ksana
, this sculpture features the improbable balancing of its two large components, and their apparent delicacy, both wounding one another.