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LIANG SHAOJI 梁绍基
b. 1945, works and lives in Tiantai, Zhejiang Province

LIANG SHAOJI 梁绍基
2003
Polyurethane colophony, iron powder, silk, cocoons, dimensions variable
| 2 rings 75*27*27cm | 3 rings 108*27*27cm (x 6 pieces) | 4 rings 148*27*27cm (x 6 pieces) | 5 rings 185*27*27cm (x 4 pieces) | 7 rings 259*27*27cm
LSJU024

Chains: The Unbearable Lightness of Being/Nature Series No.79 was shown in LIANG Shaoji's solo exhibition Cloud in 2007. In this piece, silkworms produced threads to wrap the huge and heavy chains hanging from ceilings, which rendered a picture where cocoons were suspended in the air. Somehow inspired by Milan Kundera, LIANG delivered with a feathery and warm appearance the subject of a grave and serious nature.
The artist began his art experiments since 1988 by breeding silkworm, observing its reproduction and movement as well as presuming the expression of life in existence. Either silkworms themselves or the fibre they produced around various objects were thus arranged in exhibition where these uncontrollable activities might generate unexpected visual outcomes. Another clue in art creation by LIANG was established from silkworm to Zen with the two Chinese words sharing similar pronunciation with each other.
The artist has participated in 48th Venice Biennale and 6th Istanbul Biennale in 1999 as well as 3rd Shanghai Biennale and 5th Biennale d'Art Contemporain de Lyon in 2000. Besides, he held solo exhibitions LIANG Shaoji Solo Exhibition in 2009 (Amsterdam) and Cloud in 2007 (ShanghART Gallery).

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Related Exhibitions:
Everyday Legend Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai 11.08, 2016 -12.07, 2016
Alchemical Dissent: Silkworms, Mushrooms and Random Brush Strokes Times Art Museum, Beijing 09.25, 2016 -10.15, 2016
Myth / History II : Shanghai Galaxy YUZ Museum, Shanghai 03.17, 2015 -07.12, 2015
In & Out Réel ShanghART Réel Department Store, Shanghai 05.30, 2014 -06.30, 2014
Questioning Heaven Gao Magee Art Gallery, Madrid, Spain 02.14, 2012 -04.08, 2012
Liang Shaoji Prince Claus Fund, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 12.12, 2009 -03.07, 2010
Yi Pai: Century Thinking Today Art Museum, Beijing 05.31, 2009 -06.22, 2009
Liang Shaoji Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris, France 05.30, 2009 -08.29, 2009
Cloud ShanghART H-Space, Shanghai 09.04, 2007 -10.15, 2007


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