Zhou Yan Contemporary Chinese Art Archive 周彦当代中国艺术档案

 

Title

The Dialogue

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Date

1995

Format

Photograph

Materials

Light, motor, ink, metal

Dimensions

300cm x 100cm x 80cm

Description

“Dialogue (1995) again uses the transformative movement of light and shadow. The installation consists of two suspended light bulbs that descend at alternating intervals into a pool of black ink. The bulbs’ contact with the surface produces ripples across the stilled pool, while their descent creates a shadow play of the audience’s figures on the gallery walls. The movement of shadow and ink merges figures and abstract forms and suggests the ways in which exchange destabilises otherwise seemingly fixed entities. The installation’s activation of an image through the manipulation of light and its electric source was the precursor to Wang’s interest in the moving image.” ("Wang Gongxin, Rotation." (2017). White Cube. Hong Kong, 2017. Accessed October 13, 2017.) (Russ, Hannah ‘18)

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