Galerie Urs Meile, Lucerne, is hosting the first solo exhibition in the West for young emerging Chinese artist Yang Mushi.
“Compulsory Execution” represents artist’s pursuit of analysis, rationality and restriction. The construction of the pieces, and the size and proportions of each component are all carefully calculated. The result is aggressiveness, sharpness and anonymity that are considered by the artist as a tool of defense. Inevitably, “Compulsory Execution” also reflects the current social reality in China. The discouragement of individual thinking fulfills a need for high social efficiency, at the cost of personal attributes, leading to a dull, unified and at worst combative community. Yang Mushi uses ready-made materials exclusively, after obliterating their original forms, traces and functions. He deliberately presents the brutal results of this “Compulsory Execution.”
The materials of “Arraying – Branch” (2017, tool handles, plywood, lacquer, 4 x 66 x 27 x 34 cm) come from various tool handles. After uniformly scaling down all sizes and filing away the edges, the objects are ground down into the shapes of bullets before being covered with black lacquer. “Overlaying – Branch” (2017, protective barrier, plywood, lacquer, 155 x 42 x 19 cm) is made of a group of slim wooden pieces with both ends sharpened. The material is sourced from protective barriers that were used to protect house properties in the artist’s neighborhood. “Sharpening – Block” (2017, wooden pallet, fiberboard, lacquer, 245 x 123 x 18 cm, 3 pieces) is made from used pallets. The artist cuts the material and assembles it into fist-sized objects, and then grinds it down into objects with edges and corners that are half-ball, half-cube shaped. Finally, they are nailed onto the black base plate in an orderly layout, creating a fragmented, forward-facing space.
The exhibition is on view through April 14, 2018, at Galerie Urs Meile, Rosenberghöhe 4 6004 Lucerne, Switzerland.
Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.