Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Xiao Yu

Works in Xiao Yu’s exhibition Turn Around are not attached to any particular social context and knowledge. In these works, Xiao is obviously evading any textual meaning, which is often an unavoidable part in many works of Chinese contemporary art. In an unexpected way, the artist successfully appropriated the rich oriental quality of bamboo as a cultural symbol. Bamboo in the exhibition is flexible as water, still as mountain; its contours are sometimes light as soaring birds, ferocious as lurking tigers, or calm as caterpillars. Toughness and integrity, cruelty and tenderness coexist in Xiao’s work. The work is independent of the decoding of meaning—it evokes an experience in viewers, based on their instinct and meditation through their visual reaction.



Bamboo No. 5, 2010

Bamboo No. 2, 2010

Bamboo No. 4, 2010

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