b. 1970, Chengdu, China
Lives and works in Chongqing, China

Singapore Biennale 2016 Artists JIAO XINGTAO

The Unity of N Monuments, 2016

Cypress wood and copper (100 pieces)
45 × 34 × 34 cm (each)
Collection of the Artist

Mass-produced plastic stool chairs are found everywhere in China. As individual, isolated objects, they appear very ordinary and are easily overlooked – but once they are brought together formally, as they are here, they possess a formidable visual strength, conveying political gravity and a sense of ceremony and monumentality. In addition, as an object to be sat on, the stool chair is in direct contact with the body, and at that moment, art and the individual have a natural connection. This artwork considers transformations between the daily-used object, the readymade and sculpture. In taking this approach the artist questions perceived reality, and examines the differences between what is true and what we see and understand. He hopes to open up new channels between the reality of the everyday and the fiction of art to create a new dissociated perspective on what is perceived to be true.