“Two Rooms,” on view concurrently with Art Basel in Hong Kong and Art Central, is Wang Wei’s most recent exploration of zoo artifice, consisting of two floor-to-ceiling paintings, each occupying the entirety of a gallery wall. The piece takes its inspiration from the mountainous landscape paintings in the Beijing Zoo’s Baboon House; taken outside of its normal context, one must consider the painting anew. On of the towering panels encapsulates dusk and autumn, while the other presents dawn and spring, each with color palettes and landscapes that reflect these seasonal moments in time. The inclusion of both dusk and dawn, key markers of daylight, may be a commentary on the absence of natural light for the sheltered zoo animals. By surrounding a human audience in the captive animals’ environment, the installation forces viewers to experience a sort of cognitive dissonance. The paintings are extracted from the overall zoo experience and become mere props, set paintings used to create an atmosphere, to fabricate the illusion of nature, and perhaps even to give humans a taste of their own medicine.