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The Opposite House Presents “Family Scribes” by Wang Yi

The Opposite House is pleased to present “Family Scribes” by Wang Yi.  A fine graduate of CAFA School of Experimental Art, Wang Yi has exhibited his work nationally and has gained considerable recognition. “Family Scribes” may be viewed at the hotel’s Atrium from now to the end of December 2016.

“Family Scribes” opens with “Body Inscription”, featuring 10 totems containing human body prints.  The prints were made using inscription rubbing, which was a method used in ancient times to replicate items including bronze vessels and brick sculptures, to be studied by scholars and officials.  It is said that inscription rubbing was a symbol of the elites.

Wang Yi has used the same mechanism and invited his family members to replicate their body prints on the totems.  By doing so, he has removed connotations associating inscription rubbing with only elite members of society and has encouraged the audience to contemplate on the value of interpersonal relationship.  The totems have been stacked beyond average human height to articulate a sense of monumentality and project a majestic air.

While “Body Inscription” gives the audience an insight of body prints, “Talking Hair” series – the second component of “Family Scribes” – uses human hair as the subject of inscription. Through the “Talking Hair” series, Wang Yi strove to express the poetic quality of the human body.

“Artist Wang Yi has made us ponder the true meaning of inscription, a subject some of us know very little of,” says Mark Passmore, General Manager of The Opposite House.  “The use of family human body prints and hair reflect our sense of belonging to a community.”

The Opposite House has long collaborated with Red Gate gallery to present contemporary art installations, which get updated quarterly.   


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