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b. 1963, works and lives in Shanghai
Light Box Installation, Metal frame, translucent acrylic film, acrylic board, 91 fluorescent tubes, 56 light boxes
239(H)*556*50cm | Crate 1-2 143*251*62cm (x 2 pieces) | Crate 3-4 177*251*62cm (x 2 pieces)
Edition of 3 + 2AP

Since 2000, the works by SHI Yong have been primarily focusing on "illusion and reality". Once again in Gravity - Shanghai Night Sky, illusion of reality is captured by the artist via a set of photos showing skyscrapers in Shanghai against night sky covering large areas of images, appearing diffusive and illusionary. These constructions are displayed solely with their tops, which differs tremendously from magnificent and overwhelming impression people usually maintain of modern buildings, as if they were somehow attracted to the bottoms of pictures by a bizarre force, giving a look that is obscure as phantasm. Dreamily bright and vibrantly coloured, however, the sky in this work reflects faithfully Shanghai at night. At the same time, light tubes in every single box are intentionally numbered and arranged so that they speak double fictions of desire and illusion. In contemplation of Shanghai, a city designated as paragon of encouraging overseas investment during economic reform, Gravity - Shanghai Night Sky questions mega buildings and their significance which is unboundedly intensified. Deep into the ideal and anticipation germinating from urban development, reality and illusion perhaps belong to a same body.

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Related Exhibitions:
Night Dimension: Night of Adventure Art Exhibition, Shanghai Innovation and Creative Design Institute, Shanghai 06.09, 2023 -06.17, 2023
City on the Edge: Art and Shanghai at the Turn of the Millennium, UCCA Edge, Shanghai 05.21, 2021 -07.11, 2021
Myth / History II: Shanghai Galaxy, YUZ Museum, Shanghai 03.17, 2015 -07.12, 2015
ShanghART Taopu 2014, ShanghART Taopu, Shanghai 09.12, 2014 -01.22, 2015
ShanghART Taopu, ShanghART Taopu, Shanghai 07.01, 2010 -12.31, 2014
Shanghai Kaleidoscope, Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), Toronto, Canada 05.04, 2008 -11.02, 2008
The 7th Photo Festival, GANA Art Gallery, Seoul, Korea 2007
Alllooksame/Tutttuguale?, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy 11.08, 2006 -02.11, 2007
Felicidad Indecible (Unspeakable Happiness), Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City, Mexico 06.15, 2005 -09.04, 2005
Shanghai Constructions, Shanghai Gallery of Art, Shanghai 01.16, 2005 -02.16, 2005
Follow Me!, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan 2005
The Heaven ּ The World, ShanghART H-Space, Shanghai 09.17, 2004 -10.22, 2004
Zooming into Focus (SAM), Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai 02.19, 2004 -03.28, 2004

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