Hao Ni

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Night II, 2014

mineral oil on monofilament, water pump, wood and other mixed media, x 84 x 60 x 60", Duration Variable

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material: mineral oil on monofilament, water pump, igloo coolers, resin on various fabrics, plaster cast of a fist wearing a leather half glove, burnt wood, BMW headlights embedded in wall, plaster casts of “survivor tree” souvenir key chain leaves from the 911 memorial museum.

Size: 5ft x 5ft x 7ft

Video Documentation: https://vimeo.com/96333379

Video run time: 1:07 minute


Thinking about speed and the way we perceive visual information today, a familiar rain scene from action movies is recreated as kinetic sculpture by repurposing the “rain lamp” from the 1970s. The ghostly sculpture of a hand wearing a half-glove under the car headlights alludes to a constant readiness for transgression. Confronted by the total aestheticization of violence in the world we live in, even the senses of peril and aggression have been reduced down to two-dimensional images, perpetuating through popular culture, fashion accessories and other everyday commodities.

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