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f loating stingrays p8 - Sun Yuan and Peng Yu’s installation: "Dear"

photo: Andrew Smith

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p10 - An 83 year old man who turns water craft into air craft


left: View of the exhibition Sun Yuan & Peng Yu “Dear” , Galerie Perrotin, Paris, 12 September 9 November 2013. Sun Yuan & Peng Yu, “If I die” 2013. Silica gel, fiber glass, birds specimens, video 14 min / 6 éléments, dimensions variable. Photo : Claire Dorn. Courtesy the Artists and Galerie Perrotin.

Sun Yuan and Peng Yu

above: View of the exhibition Sun Yuan & Peng Yu “Dear,” Galerie Perrotin, Paris, 12 September 9 November 2013. Sun Yuan & Peng Yu, “If I die” (detail) 2013. Silica gel, fiber glass, birds specimens, video 14 min / 6 éléments, dimensions variable. Photo : Claire Dorn. Courtesy the Artists and Galerie Perrotin.

“Dear” installation at Galerie Perrotin photos: Claire Dorn

An elderly woman in a full-length housedress floats through the air, surrounded by a flock of colorful and exotic birds. One wrinkled hand holds a garland of delicate pink flowers, while the other guides a parade of manta rays. Her grey hair is whipped back and her eyes are closed in a placid expression of quiet, private joy. “If I Died” (2013) is costructed of fiberglass, silica gel sculpture and bird specimen by Sun Yuan and Peng Yu, two of China’s most controversial artists, and is part of the exhibition “Dear,” on display at Galerie Perrotin in Paris until November 9, 2013. Most well-known for their hyperrealistic artworks made of human fat, rubbish and live animals, the

Beijing-based artists are exhibiting four installations and a video work that provide provocative commentary on contemporary issues. “Teenager Teenager” (2011), originally installed at Arario Gallery in Korea, positions five male figures in suits and one female figure in a luxurious silk dress, reclining on sumptuous leather furniture, while a performance occurs around them. The surrounding action contrasts with the characters’entirely static and frontal body language that does not engage any of the other individuals. Each head has been replaced by a monumental stone, making blatant references to the dumbing down of intellectual culture, waning social interactions

and the increased sense of isolation in society. Alongside this large-scale installation, other works in “Dear” engage with themes of censorship, police authority, notions of disgust and death. The sightless elderly woman juxtaposed next to beautiful birds and airborn, aged, stingrays notions ideas of collective aged extistence and travel through spaces such as galleries or thorugh the air. Perhaps they are traveling towards a place which things live and end together or perhaps they are escorting the woman to an unknown. Does the sting ray guide or command her? Or could these be her simple mode of transportation? above: View of the exhibition Sun Yuan & Peng Yu “Dear,” Galerie Perrotin, Paris, 12 September – 9 November 2013. “Teenager Teenager” 2011. Performance, sofa, stones. 1440 x 540 cm / 47.2 x 17.8 feet. Photo : Claire Dorn. Courtesy the Artists and Galerie Perrotin.

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LUIGI PRINA ships that sail through the clouds photos: Gianluca Giannone

When he was just 16 years old Luigi Prina entered and won a national aircraft modeling competition. When he went to collect the prize money the organizers asked the boy why his father couldn’t come and collect it himself. Nearly fifty years later the now successful architect met a painter and boat builder named Eugenio Tomiolo and while they were talking made a bet that perhaps Prina could take one of his small model ships and make it fly like an airplane. Tomolio accepted and it wasn’t long before a small flying boat was whirring in circles around his small studio that coincidentally had clouds painted on the ceiling. A new passion was born and Prina has since dedicated nearly

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20 years of his later life to building flying model boats, bicycles and other unconventional aircraft. These carefully crafted toy like machines are made up of wooden and paper materials, so that they are pourous enough to hold their weight in flight, as well as being light enough to actually fly. They consist of a comfortable color palette of browns, cremes, and reds, a color palette which doesn’t quite tap in to the nostalgia and childhood memories most people alive today have, but one that is more reminiscent of the hand made toys one might played with from another time when goods were more personal and crafted.

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For such a large collection, the mass of airborn water vessels makes up a sky of things which carry one to a different time with different concerns. Once you notice the vessels which appear to have wings among flying machines that also resemble cars, one senses that they have stepped into a space of a man who dreams of flying. Both Prina and the woman with her sting rays and birds achieve a weightlessness, either through living or non living animation; a state of flying over planes inhabited by most everyone else. Whether their ends will be chronologically similar or if they will ever meet is a mystery.

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