Downward Force on Upward Moving Objects
834 x 258 x 370 cm
Lacquer, Stainless Steel and Regular Steel
This piece is a mass installation of stainless steel buoys, which look as if they were floating above water - like weights pressing down on imaginary waves. These conflicting forces illustrate the battle between man’s greed and the need to control it. Mankind’s complex relationship with nature is evoked by these opposing pressures.
Born in 1956, Wang Luyan is one of China’s leading conceptual artists. He was a founding member of the avant-garde group Stars, which explored political artistic experimentation as a result of the Cultural Revolution in the late 1970s. He was also deeply involved in the New Measurement Group, a three-member initiative of conceptual artists that existed from 1988 to 1995. His works have been presented in collective and solo exhibitions in China and internationally.