Zhao Renhui , Robert b.1983 / Eskimo Wolf Trap Often Quoted in Sermons
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In 'Eskimo Wolf Trap Often Quoted in Sermons', the relationship between humans and animals is the central subject. In this installation, Renhui reproduces a field of snow using a carpet of salt. In the center of the surface, the artist hammers a knife soiled by blood. On the background wall features a print with a description of a traditional eskimo technique to trap and kill wolfs: 

'Eventually, a wolf will approach the knife and begin to cautiously sniff and lick the frozen blood. After believing it is safe, the wolf will lick more aggressively. Soon, the blade of the knife becomes exposed and it begins to nick the wolf’s tongue. Because its tongue has been numbed by the cold of the frozen blood, the wolf is unaware that he is being cut, and the blood it now tastes is its own. Excited at the prospect of fresh, warm blood, the wolf will hungrily lick the blade all the more. In a short time, the wolf will grow dizzy and disoriented. In a matter of hours, it will die from blood loss, literally drinking itself to death. As horrible as this picture is, it illustrates an important truth'. Robert Zhao Renhui

Robert Zhao Renhui plays with images of traps and mysterious landscapes inviting the spectator to contemplation while provoking in the viewer mixed feelings of horror and empathy. Zhao’s work also explores notions of boundaries, systems and control as human beings attempt to know and catalogue the natural world. 


Robert Zhao Renhui (b.1983, Singapore )

Eskimo Wolf Trap Often Quoted in Sermons , 2013

Photograph mounted in diasec, eskimo knife, polyurethane, 300kg of sodium bicarbonate
2/5 + 1 A.P
20 x 285 x 360 cm.
7 7/8 x 112 3/16 x 141 3/4 in.
Provenance:
ShanghART Gallery, Shanghai  Current Location:
Hong Kong - S InstallationSouth Asia

exhibitions

The Nature Collector
ShanghART , Shanghai, China
January 2015 - February 2015

Signature Art Prize
Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
November 2014 - March 2015

The Glacier Study Group
Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore
January 2013 - March 2013

publications

Louise Clements , Top Photobooks of 2013
1000 Words Photography Magazine (Magazine), December 19. 2013

Back to Nature
Artco (Magazine), February 2015

Sam Gaskin, Three Art Shows to See in January
Smart Shanghai (Online), January 15, 2015
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