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SHI Qing:All That is Solid Melts into Air

Comment Author: Yuan Jing/ Translator: Liu Yiwen Jun,2012

When i step in the exhibition hall, I feel a sense of familiarity that "No man ever steps in the same river twice." Just in the same hall, SHI Qing’s last project "Plant Republic" was exhibited. Viewers expect to see plants but only architectural structures and pathways.A strong feeling of conceptual architecture blow into viewers’ mind.This time,in "All That is Solid Melts into Air", we see a lot of green plants, such as Lysimachia christinae Hance, ferns and other plants i can’t name. You even can hear the sounds of mosquitoes. All these may let you think you are in a greenhouse.But it is really a live spot of artist SHI Qing’s space, an exotic scence built with cheap materials:a high-density punched metal, which enjoys its own elasticty and curvature, cascading like an exotic swing chair in the garden.

SHI Qing’s typical practice "do it yourself" makes theories soft and warm unintentionally.

The seemingly english words on the wall catch our eyes.Distijl and inkhuk are researched that they were the artistic concepts promoted by some radical art groups, but because they were not included in the mainstream language world, they had become "dead words". These pioneering and radical concepts were framed and hung on walls and rejected to be entered and interpreted. It doesn’t belong to the public or artists, because the unrecoverable context will totally split from the histories. It is more fragile than those specific architectures made in wood or paper. At least, the architectural shapes still look familiar, while when it comes to ideologies, architectures will become superior, upright and perfect. These architectures referring to Lenin Column regarded as a socialistic triumphal arch and El Lissitzky’s "suspending metal" suddenly reflect a political vigour.

There are some other scences making our mind travel around the world. A red cross exactly right in the grass, just like a part of a church. A transparent octagonal glass basin hunker atop a little wooden vehicle,which reminds us pavilions in parks. Those blue stones,like stones in Taihu. A single stone can produce a scene.In such a fusion of west and east,imitated birds and real grasses and miniatures of epic architectures, who will care which one is product and which one is an artistic work.People will not care the purposes of all these whether to realize the value of waste or to get close to the boundry of public communication. Famous quotes from Karl Marx nowadays have become a kind of jargon prevailing in our daily life. But as a saying goes, ashes to ashes and dust to dust.

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