In Ambiguous Sight
Linda Gallery is pleased to present its first exhibition in 2015—“In Ambiguous Sight”. The exhibition will be open at 4 p.m. on 18th April 2015. Fourteen new works of Cai Lei will be displayed this time. The exhibition is curated by Bao Dong. Please stay tuned for this wonderful exhibition.
In this exhibition, we have named the visual and conceptual polysemia of Cai Lei’s works as “ambiguity”. In Chinese, “ambiguity” refers to vagueness of attitude or being fence-sitter. When it comes to aesthetics, “ambiguity” equals to “Hanhun” or “Fuyi” in the New Criticism which refers to the multiplicity of meaning and sense. Interestingly, the Chinese characters of “ambiguity” are used as a form of synaesthesia since their appearance reminds people of Cai Lei’s angular works.
With those intentionally created ambiguities, such as sculpture and installation, media and ready-made, two dimensions and three dimensions, reality and truth, Cai Lei focuses on visual “ambiguity”. Controlling audiences’ eyes precisely, he makes their eyes and brains become contradictory, letting them have acute and high-quality spatial cognition and sense of space.
Cai Lei is one of those artists who are of great concern. From 2009 to 2014, his works have changed from relief sculptures We and They to sculptures made of crystal resin Connotation Series and concrete A Bare Concrete Space Series. During this period, Cai Lei keeps exploring on sculpture materials and subtly creates with his sensitiveness and wisdom on materials. His latest exhibition, “In Ambiguous Sight”, is a demonstration of his continuous exploration on sculpture language, displaying installation sculptures rather than previously created rack sculptures. The curator, Bao Dong, has arranged these exhibited works according to Cai’s logic of creation.