Honglei, Yu b.1984 / First into the Mist
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about this work
The main component of this work comes from a collapsed ancient building on the outskirts of the city. Yu Honglei
collected pieces of beam from the building behind his studio. The beam provides vital support to the architecture of the structure which also led to the collapse of the building, perhaps through a rainstorm, earthquake or another natural disaster. Honglei cut the fragile pieces from the wooden beam into two parts, reinforced its surface and installed a monogamous pair of taxidermy parrots. To match the colour of two birds the main component of the sculpture was painted blue. The two birds are placed on each part of the cut beams. Using the distance arranged between the two parts of the beam, the sights of the birds are intentionally blocked so that they cannot catch the gaze of the other. The work evokes a disaster that may have happened in the past to occur again once more, in the midst of which a desire for serenity is also revived.

Yu Honglei (b.1984, Inner Mongolia)

First into the Mist , 2012

Bronze, taxidermy animal
Edition 3 of 5
183 x 10 x 10 cm
72 1/16 x 3 15/16 x 3 15/16 in.
Magician Space, Beijing, China Current Location:
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