NEW OBJECT by Shi Yulong and Zhang Xinyi
Curator: Brian Wallace
Exhibition Dates: Sep. 21 2017 - Oct. 2017
Venue: The Opposite House
Aware of their living within the modern transformational era in which society is constantly evolving, young artists Shi Yulong and Zhang Xinyi reflect on their identity as inspiration for their work.
Shi Yulong studied under the guidance of the famous sculptor Sui Jianguo. In his most recent sculpture Hit the Tiger on the Hill the 6.2 meter structure displays a variety of colorful wooden toys fixed to a wooden tableau completing the sculpture. The use of this material and the name of the sculpture, which comes from the name of a lullaby he used to hear, give the viewer a sense of the ephemerality of life as the sculpture is about Shi Yulong's childhood memories.
Zhang Xinyi is currently studying for her doctorate degree at the Central Academy of Fine Arts. In her most recent works, it is evident that she is aware of the standards and cultural norms created by society and the variety of contradictions present in these norms. In her series of works called Zoo Zhang Xinyi employs furniture from IKEA in order to deconstruct the understanding of products and their influence on society as they serve as a symbol for the daily patterns of urban life that seem to control us.
Although Hit the Tiger on the Hill and Zoo appear lighthearted, they actually carry a sharp objective understanding of society as both pieces present a new view and perception of today's culture. On the surface both pieces appear silent and emotionless, but on the inside both are wrapped in a wild anxiety that conveys Generation Y's entangled reality, call for rebellion, and desire for change.