Evanescent Forces that Vanish into Thin Air

Evanescent Forces that Vanish into Thin Air
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Vanishing into Thin Air is the third personal show of Yan Mushi, young Chinese artist who is earning the attention of contemporary critics. The works offer the public a look at the reflections of Mushi on various subjects, such as urban development and working relations, with a constant eye on current issues regarding daily life in the modern city. The main body of the exhibition is comprised of installations which centre around the use of neon, a material to which the artist attributes notable symbolic value. The tube of light is general elaborated through a process of heating and twisting, a process that Yan Mushi sees metaphorically in the working conditions of contemporary man, oppressed and crushed by time and responsibility. The weak and evanescent light of his works highlights this reflection, making it more powerful, full of messages. The final result of the creative process of Yan Mushi is seen in the form of geometric patterns that the artist creates using various materials. Besides neon, there are also menacing objects - pointy, sharp and dark. These, in fact, are part of the series Dark, a gathering of lacquered wood pieces, each taking its name from the process that forged it. Thus objects with names like Grinding, Subtracting, Cutting, Peeling or Eroding are all given their meaning and aspect through the almost-violent actions that created them. These, just like the vanishing neon lights, represent, through their own intrinsic power, the weariness of work which vanishes into thin air.
Giorgia Cestaro - © 2019 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Beijing