Yuz Museum is pleased to present “∞”, a solo exhibition by Chinese artist Ni Youyu. This outstanding exhibition shares the artist’s first solo exhibition in Mainland China in four years. In 2019, Ni Youyu exhibits his artistic expression through a focus on installations. While Ni is renowned for his paintings, this particular show adds to his celebratory prominence. Titling as “∞”, a symbol for infinity, Ni attempts to break away from methodology and concepts of obvious signs and representation visually. Instead, the artist invites viewers into the world of recurrence and retrospection through a distorted display. He carefully constructs a micro “museum” with an obsolete atmosphere by adding historic monuments, relics and figures that evokes our memory and familiarity, such as architectures that has strong resemblance to Rome’s Pantheon, others response to strong correlation by philosopher and mathematical concepts dated from Rome.
As one of Yuz Museum’s representative artist, Ni, a young Chinese Contemporary artist decides to use a symbol as his exhibition title, “∞”, to evoke us to evaluate our perception on infinite matters. A wide range of matters can be encompassed as infinite, from molecular atoms, to cells that form human beings, who has the dexterity to build architectural buildings and many more. Therefore, it can be interpreted that the miniatured installations are a close scrutiny into the imagined and actual relationship and communication of infinite matters.
Collectively, while this exhibition becomes a synthesis that showcase the coalesce of painting, a traditional medium, with installation, a contemporary medium, it certainly highlights a focus on aesthetics and ambiguity through the delicacy of installation.
Photos by Jasmine Chau
Ni Youyu ∞ solo exhibition
2019.8.17 – 10.20
Yuz Project Space of Art
35, Fenggu Road, Xuhui District, Shanghai, China