What at first look like delicate works of carved porcelain our ceramic sculptures are actually thousands of layers of soft white paper, carved into busts, skulls, and human forms by Beijing artist Li Hongbo.
Hongbo a book editor and designer became fascinated and got his inspiration by traditional Chinese toys from his childhood and festive decorations known as paper gourds made from glued layers of thin paper which can be stored flat but then opened to reveal a flower or other shape. He applied the same honeycomb-like paper structure to much larger human forms resulting in these amazing highly flexible sculptures.
Their true nature is only revealed when they are manipulated by human hands.
Hongbo invites you as a viewer to experience paper and sculpture in a revolutionary and insightful new way. Utilizing his expert knowledge of paper’s natural strengths and weaknesses, the artist has transformed the media to stretch, twist, elongate and retract as if it were a giant slinky.
Through this juxtaposition of playful mobility and a traditional aesthetic, Hongbo breathes a unique life into his works that stuns and awes the viewer.
Li Hongbo recently had a solo show at Klein Sun Gallery, New York where you can se his work.
Watch this video of the exhibition in Dominik Mersch Gallery: http://vimeo.com/54967505
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