Cao Hui is a renowned artist for putting up human entrails into furniture or even another improbable stuff. This time he decided to reveal the inner side of classical sculpture art.
Fascinated by anatomy and realistic depiction of human organs, the artist divided classical artworks into pieces showing anatomic details that compose their interiors. Believing that the object’s inner side is as important as the surface, Hui challenges the viewers’ expectations towards the classical sculpture.
When assembled, the artworks appear to be predictable, traditional sculpture. But when one takes the numerous pieces apart, the view is surprising, causing various emotions that range from anger to laughter.
Hui’s series of dissected classical sculptures offers a surreal and surprising peek inside the ‘bodies’ of some of the most known statues from history.
He divides the sculptures into segments, both linear and fractional. Within the resin forms, the artist shows what might lie beneath the sculptures’ stone façades, depicting hyper-realistically rendered, flesh-like innards, bits of brain and open organs.
‘We must not only see the surface, but also examine the inside, and so the relationship between inner and outer crystallizes into a kind of perfect logic, explainable by our inherent ‘knowledge’. says Hui.
Artworks made in the name of Photorealism, Realism, and even Hyperrealism are all likewise fabricated from piles of mud or with daubs of color on the surface of canvas. Increasingly uneasy and dissatisfied with merely describing surface appearances, artists now attempt to plumb the inner reaches of things; an agenda that apparently moves into science or other fields.