Yu Honglei


    Yu Honglei (b. 1984, Inner Mongolia) currently lives and works in Beijing.

    Yu Honglei’s moving image and sculptural practice take inspiration from a unique visual vernacular of online image database and visual cultures of Chinese cities. These sources are used by the artist and applied with the artist’s sculptural touch. What he is interested in is the plasticity of thought forms and the sensible entities it corresponds to. Such plasticity allows Yu to execute the cognitive leap between the visual currencies as employed by his works and their titles, allowing for a hermeneutic and polysemic output, which informs his highly personal artistic discourse.

    Selected solo exhibitions: 1,7I6[ ][ ][ ][ ][ ][ ], Antenna Space, Shanghai, China (2019); New Directions, UCCA Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China (2019); Yu Honglei, Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler, Berlin, Germany (2018); Flower, Carl Kostyál, London, UK (2017); Swallow Century, Antenna Space, Shanghai, China (2016) etc.

    Selected group exhibitions: Age of You: A Kaleidoscopic Exploration of the Extreme Self, Jameel Arts Centre, Dubai, the United Arab Emirates (2021); Palai Project, Palazzo Tamborino Cezzi, Lecce, Italy (2021); Lichtenfels Sculpture, Camping Lichtenfels, Friedersbach, Austria (2021); Polyphonic Strategies: The Moving Image and its Expanded Fields, New Century Art Foundation, Beijing, China (2021); ONLINE: Benefit for Women in Exhile and Kub, Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler, Berlin, Germany (2020); Normal Days, OōEli (Antenna Space x POP-UP Gallery), Hangzhou, China (2020); Condo Shanghai 2019, Antenna Space, Shanghai, China (2019); Extreme Mix: Airport Biennale, Guangzhou Airport Resort, Guangzhou, China (2019); The Marvellous Cacophony-Belgrade Biennale, Belgrade, Serbia (2018); Last Night’s Fortune Teller, Daimler Contemporary Berlin, Berlin, Germany (2017); Cul-De-Sac, Antenna Space, Shanghai, China (2017); I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream For Ice Cream, Fondazione Baruchello, Rome, Italy (2017); Hybrid Layers, ZKM Center for art and media, Karlsruhe, Germany (2017); After Us, chi K11 Art Museum, Shanghai, China (2017) etc.




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