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Water Without a Glass

Artist: Liao Wenfeng, Elian
Date: 2019.11.02-2020.01.02

Liao Wenfeng


Based in Berlin.

Liao Wenfeng’s practice is not tied to any one particular form or medium. Aside from continuing to work in moving image, Liao Wenfeng has also produced large numbers of sketches and paintings. He excels in using eggs, pencils, teeth and other small objects to create humorous situations, taking optical illusion, euphemism, art historical allusion, political symbolism and admixing these with a variety of other symbols; using simple lines and vivid color to allow everyday objects to acquire novel significance. Moving in conjunction with his painting practice is Liao Wenfeng’s work with GIF images. These almost cartoonish animations accentuate the implied utterances of the still images via their cycling, rhythmic motions. A shaking axe creating an illusion of a waving flag, a continuously oscillating chair intermingling with a galloping horse, the wings of a bird in flight moving with a scissor… At the same time they are harmonious, ingenious, they remind the viewer of certain paradoxical circumstances.


Recent exhibitions include Transcending Dimension: Sculpting Space- Shenzhen Pingshan International Sculpture Exhibition, Shenzhen, China (2019); Small Paths-Liao Wenfeng solo project, Videokunst.ch (Showroom im PROGR), Bern, Switzerland (2018); Eyes Moving A Pencil – Liao Wenfeng’s Solo Exhibition, Inna Art Space, Hangzhou, China (2018); BANANA BANANA 2, Diskurs Berlin, Berlin, Germany (2017); Any Ball, CAFAM, Beijing, China (2017); A Circle, But Not Round, Inna Art Space, Hangzhou, China (2017); Time Based, Non-Places-The 3rd Shenzhen Independent Animation Biennale, OCT-LOFT, Shenzhen, China (2016); No Real Body- The 3rd Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art, ​Ekaterinburg, Russia (2015).