Li Hui is a Chinese Installation artist who works with stainless steel, acrylics and lasers. The skeleton car above was created in 2006 for a show titled “Who’s afraid of red, amber, and green?” - a direct reference to the painting series “Who’s afraid of red, yellow and blue” by American abstract expressionist Barnett Newman.
The installation (named ‘Amber’) features a full size horse skeleton, which has been etched into the acrylic race car to create a truly ethereal scene.
Jérôme Sans (director of the UCCA) writes that “Li Hui’s works explore questions of life and death, existence and transcendence, materiality and spirituality, technology and humanity. But it is his penchant for melding the organic and the inorganic that foreshadows a world in which mortal and machine have become one, making people indistinguishable from their tools.”
Here are the other two pieces from the show, “Reincarnation” and “Cage”:
Light is not a usual medium in artwork, but artists such as James Turrell have shown that it can be mastered.
In Li Hui’s own words… “Light doesn’t seem like a material that can be used in art – if you do not handle it well, the outcome will be awful. Everyone can use light in their work, but light may not always be a good material to help them express what they want to express.”
I’ll look forward to more futuristic works from Li Hui.
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