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NI YOUYU

b. 1984, Ganzhou, China
Lives and works in Shanghai, China

Singapore Biennale 2016 Artists NI YOUYU

Atlas, 2016

Mixed media on pinball game board
45 × 23 × 5 cm
Collection of the Artist
Singapore Biennale 2016 commission

Dust (Singapore Galaxy), 2016

Chalk and glue on blackboard
184 × 282 × 9 cm
Collection of the Artist
Singapore Biennale 2016 commission

Invisible Force, 2015

Steel and magnets on photography paper
220 × 660 cm
Collection of the Artist

Reconciling apparently contradictory or opposing elements, such as the virtual and the corporeal, the secular and the divine, and the finite and the infinite, Ni presents three works: Invisible Force, Dust (Singapore Galaxy) and Atlas. Invisible Force reproduces part of the sky as photographed by NASA, using almost thirty thousand industrial magnets to represent the invisible gravitational forces between celestial bodies. Dust (Singapore Galaxy) is based on a photograph of the night sky around Singapore. The seemingly random scattering of chalk dust is in fact a precise placement and measuring out of dust in relation to stellar distributions. The Chinese character for “dust” refers both to the socially under-privileged, and the ordinary and the mundane, but here it is transformed into the limitless universe. Atlas makes use of pinball machines, collected by the artist and processed through hand-painting and refitting. The image of the Greek god Atlas bearing the night sky echoes the theme of the Singapore Biennale.