Sheung Wang, Pearl Lam Galleries Hong Kong SOHO Shop No. 1 G/F & 1/F, SOHO 189, 189 Queen’s Road WestMap
Ren Ri (b. 1984) works in the unique medium of beeswax, creating, in collaboration with the insects, mesmerising sculptures that document his intimate experience with bees as both an artist and a beekeeper. He manipulates the movement of bees and the formation of honeycombs to create metaphysical and hybrid sculptures, which investigate the force of nature and consequences of human intervention. The show, which features 40 previously unseen works, will be the first time his works are shown on a major scale. The exhibition will focus on two distinctive series of artworks shown in separate spaces: Yuansu I: The Origin of Geometry (2007), which incorporates maps into the make-up of the beeswax, and Yuansu II, in which Ren has created a series of stunning geometrical sculptures by manipulating bee behaviour. Ren places a queen bee in the middle of a box, while the worker bees start to build natural beehives around her. Every seven days, a reference to the seven days of creation, Ren randomly changes the position of the box, like rolling dice, to create a living object. These organic sculptures embody a new belief system, one that symbolises new metaphysical qualities and forms of life itself.