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Fascinated with death and mutation, Chinese sculptor Shen Shaomin glues the bones of various animals together to create imaginary creatures and plants, taking a new perspective on the tradition of assemblage. Adorning his sculptures with hand-carvings, Shen indicates the presence of humans, thereby drawing these imaginary creations into the real world. His work has been called an allusion to the effects of pollution on biological life, or the possibility of a future in which genetic mutation is a reality—both crucial issues in a rapidly urbanizing China.

Selected exhibitions
2016
East Bridge 2015-2016: Plastic GardenTotal Museum of Contemporary Art
2015
Shen Shaomin: Handle With CareEli Klein Gallery
2013
Shen Shaomin: I Touched the Voice of GodEli Klein Gallery
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I Sleep On Top Of Myself (Dog), 2012

Silica gel, motor, air pump, feathers, wood plinth
20 3/4 × 31 1/2 × 39 1/4 in
52.7 × 80 × 99.7 cm
Edition of 3
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New York
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Medium

Fascinated with death and mutation, Chinese sculptor Shen Shaomin glues the bones of various animals together to create imaginary creatures and plants, taking a new perspective on the tradition of assemblage. Adorning his sculptures with hand-carvings, Shen indicates the presence of humans, thereby drawing these imaginary creations into the real world. His work has been called an allusion to the effects of pollution on biological life, or the possibility of a future in which genetic mutation is a reality—both crucial issues in a rapidly urbanizing China.

Selected exhibitions (3)
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