“Échelle des plans” is a film term, which literally translates to
“the scale of the images.” In film, shots are usually divided
into long shots, full shots, medium shots, and close-ups.
Through these conscious divisions, the film takes on its own
visual space, psychological space, and narrative traits.
Beginning with the language of relief sculpture, Cai Lei
gradually locked onto the relationship between space and
visual misconceptions, while also experimenting with different
materials and environments. However, in this exhibition, Cai Lei
is no longer limited to materials and experiences from his
personal life; he turns his current working method onto public
life and collective experience in the broader sense. Also in this
exhibition, Cai Lei takes the visual dislocations of space that
wereoriginally compressed into single works and expands them
into an entire exhibition, transforming representational
misconceptions into spatial experiences.
Cai uses sloping walls to create irregularities, he uses light and
mirrors to divide spaces, he uses grass to create seasonal
dislocations, and he uses fast-moving manmade “sunlight” to
create unusual experiences of time… These experiments are
like film or theater sets; he“re-edits” experiences in different
scenes and times within the exhibition space. In this context,
titling the exhibition “Échelle des Plans” after the film term