WeiWei at Lisson Gallery

From ArtInfo:

“This piece has the playfulness of a toy. It might be for a child or for a pet. Whatever Ai’s source imagery was, he blew it up to a larger scale and the work was then fabricated in hard wood by Chinese craftsmen who Ai works very closely with — in the same way he works with porcelain manufacturers. It’s exquisitely made: it has no glue, no nails, only the finest joinery. There’s a tension between the dumb object the work evokes and the incredible investment of skill and time in the finished piece. There are also references to scientific geometry, Leonardo and the ‘divine proportion’ — which has given the work its title. All of these different influences and references are sucked into this physical object in front of you.”


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