Surface、material and motion are what Liao Fei keeps a watchful eye on recently.
Exploring the unknown world, for Liao Fei, acts as a momentous reason why he does creation. And the multifarious world today seems exactly to offer him infinite possibilities.
Niklas Luhmann, the German sociologist, pointed out that Europe after 17th century was a functional differentiation society. And today, the continuous and progressional increase of society complexity, powerfully drives functional differentiation without a break. Just like nature and beauty which were explored together by Pythagoras now respectively belongs to science and art system. Entirely different though science and art are, they are mutual surroundings and there exists admittedly structure coupling. What’s more, they can observe each other. Thus, art system can win a further understanding of the world with science system in an attempt to broaden its exercising field and the potential operating reference. Undoubtedly, Liao Fei possesses this self-reference.
(text source: Vanguard Gallery)
Liao Fei, installation view; Courtesy of Vanguard Gallery
More on Liao Fei (b. 1981, Jiangxi, China)
Liao Fei, an artist renowned for taking a scientific approach to his artistic endeavors, this time it’s sport being put under the microscope. Football, snooker, softball and hockey are all man- made pastimes designed to use the striking of a ball within a designated field of play. Sport, in Liao Fei’s world, can be used as a metaphor for life, in which we are all part of the material in motion on the surface of the planet.
(text source: Talk Magazine)
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(Image on top: Liao Fei, Antarctica, 2013, oil on canvas , 100 x 100 cm; Courtesy of Vanguard Gallery)