Pauline J. Yao quote on the art of Liu Wei “whether slicing through refrigerators …”

“Whether slicing through refrigerators and washing machines, digging trenches in gallery floors, or erecting bristling, kaleidoscopic structures made from demolition debris, Beijing-based artist LIU WEI engages the realities of our contemporary infrastructure with a singular intensity. For him, the corporeal surplus of burgeoning consumerism and near-frantic urbanization in China and in the world at large—the junked appliances, the scraps of wood and metal—is a vehicle of rupture and disturbance, a means by which to both figure and counter the destabilizing forces of sociopolitical transformation. Here [Pauline J. Yao] looks at a practice that unlocks the renewed critical capacities of matter itself” (174)

 

Yao, Pauline J., “Dark Matter: Pauline J. Yao on the Art of Liu Wei.” Artforum. January 2012, Vol. 50, No. 5, pgs 174 – 181.

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