Wang Lei

Multi-color Coat 五彩衣裳no.4, 2012
Paper Art with Frame, 130 x 10 x 159 cm

USD 11,200 – 16,000

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About the artwork

Art of Wang Lei evolves into another dimension by using unusual materials which are delicately knitted to recreate a costume that belongs to the past Chinese dynasties. He has been actively participating in contemporary Art exhibition presenting artworks that hold the concept growing alongside every knit and every dot, discussing each era's custom as a demonstration of a profound culture. Even within the technique he humbly choses to devote and lose himself into the repetitive act of delicate knitting, but at the same time never ceases to amaze the audience with his extremely contemporary concept that dwells around his choice of material and his contextual notion.

About the artist

Wang Lei was born in 1980 in Henan, China, and is one of the most prominent contemporary artists in China. Wang Lei has an eye for intimate details and subtleties. He brings an art piece to life by absorbing all historical and social factors as a subtle culture within layers of time. We see this not only in the context of his artwork but also in the process of designing and creating. Wang Lei’s artworks succeed in its contemporary agenda to communicate with a vast range of audiences from different backgrounds.
He uses paper and twists it into long, delicate threads which are then woven into reproductions of Chinese robes. The manipulation of this tough-textured paper into the composition of such an exquisite garment highlights the problems surrounding the relationship between viewer perceptions and reality. Wang Lei also draws attention to the often-disputed interconnectedness of traditional and contemporary art, focusing on the reverence for history and tradition as a central obstacle which hinders the acceptance of contemporary art in China.

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