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"Trap – Wang Wei’s Installation Exhibition"
2005-07-30 until 2005-08-10
Platform China
Beijing, , CN China

In CAEP’s third event, Beijing artist Wang Wei will present a large-scale, site-specific installation work “Trap.” “Trap” follows on the heels of Complete Art Experience Project’s most recent exhibition/performance projects “Incest” and “Space Inter Space.” CAEP is a Beijing-based independent artist initiative that continues to explore experimental art practice and exhibition models through individual and collective projects organized by its members.

Wang Wei’s Installation “Trap” carries on the artist’s exploration of physical and metaphysical architecture. In this new work Wang Wei reproduces a colossal and intricate jungle combining a blown up wooden bird trap with strategically placed scaffolding to create a “space within space”. The exhibition lays down a virtual and real “trap” for viewers, confronting them with a condensed concrete jungle within the exhibition space. Coming face to face with the absurd “bird trap,” does one go “into” it or stay “out of” it? What is “inside,” and what is “outside?” In any case, Wang Wei has the audience caught.

“Space within a space” and the impact of spatially engaging the viewer is the backbone of Wang Wei’s art. He believes that the “paradoxical relationship of the unusable space within a space forces the observer into unknown and uncomfortable territory.” It is this kind of physical and emotional disorientation that Wang Wei provokes in his work. It is a disorientation that speaks of our personal experiences in the midst of drastic environmental changes in our daily lives.


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