Xiao Yu's latest exhibition, "Translocation," is now on view through April 28 at Pace Gallery in Beijing's ! As one of the most important conceptual artists in China, touches on issues of the human condition in contemporary society, using rich visual forms to explore the expressive potential of artistic language.
In the exhibition, the visual form of bamboo is presented in a precise way. In a sense, the fine-cut bamboo is a projection of the artist himself. Here, the symbolic importance of the material has not been completely diminished. It is no longer literary or moral, but sensory and experiential. The former emphasizes consensus, while the latter is individual and open. For the creator and the viewer, what’s really significant is the bamboo itself, and the excess cultural narratives are only interfering with the genuine communication. In the end, the viewer relies on the body and instinct, which is enough to discover the eternal, essential and aesthetic joy behind the somewhat unfamiliar form of the artwork.
Image: Xiao Yu, "Translocation No. 18," 2017, bamboos, cement #798ArtZone