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b. 1963, works and lives in Shanghai
Fabric, buttons, golden thread, 4 Buick tyres, steel frame, PVC base, wooden keel, Fiberglass-Reinforced Plastics (FRP)

We Don't Want to Stop presents an aircraft taking off from the artist's fantasy. Thoroughly wrapped with woolen cloth, it resembles a suit sleeve with its buttons, pockets and the design of exhaust pipes. All of these elements, along with the golden text woven on its main body, represent the transfer from The New Image of Shanghai, a programme initiated and promoted by the artist back in 1997 featuring a young man with dyed blonde hair, sun glasses and a dark Mao suit. The year 1997 also witnessed the establishment of Shanghai GM, which staged Together in Art - GM Contemporary Art Exhibition nearly ten years later, for which the artist was commissioned to create this very installation. The "aircraft" is equipped with four Buick tyres, which undoubtedly embody the automotive industry. For this artwork, SHI employs on a conceptual level the disguised displacement of human body by machine, which consequently obscures the interface of spacetime initially either stationary or active. It annihilates all the resistances as travels in imagination and materialises the speed of fantasy mingled with that of reality. We cannot stop. Neither do we want to.

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Asia Design Management Forum& Art Design Media Festival, Zhejiang Exhibition Hall, Hangzhou 10.29, 2020 -11.01, 2020
In & Out Réel ShanghART, Réel Department Store, Shanghai 05.30, 2014 -06.30, 2014
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