Li Pinghu, ‘Grasp’, 2010, ShanghART

About Li Pinghu

Working in video, photography, and oil painting, Li Pinghu produces quiet, elegant, pieces that muse over themes such as the relationship between individuals and society. Somber-hued paintings such as Sunlight Through the Abandoned Room (2010) and Ruins Forgotten by Modernization (2010) communicate a sense of loneliness that persists even when humans populate the scenes. While formally disparate, his videos and a series of richly colored monochromatic, abstract paintings embellished with small crystals converge in their exploration of the “in-between” spaces separating objects from one another and viewers from the artworks. In the six-minute video About Light (2006), for example, Li installs himself inside the ceiling and holds a chandelier through a hole until fatigue eventually compels him to let go, sending it crashing down like a firework.

Chinese, b. 1976, Nanchong, Sichuan Province, China, based in Shanghai, China