Beijing based artists Sun Yuan & Peng Yu are two prominent figures in contemporary art and contemporary design that succeed in portraying paradoxical concepts through their modern art: dichotomies between reality and ideals, expectations and truths and freedom and constriction. At St Regis Rome, they present ‘If I Died’, an art exhibition of three art installations.
‘If I Died’, 2013 Art Exhibition is fiberglass, silica gel and bird specimen modern sculpture that fills and enchants the space with its undulatingly strange composition. Teenager Teenager 2011 is a modern design work originally made up of two parts of art sculpture and performance, with the sculptures originally “viewing” the performance, seemingly connected but actually existing independently from each other.
I Didn’t Notice What I’m Doing 2012 provokes questions about how we think and behave, as an investigation into the way subliminal structuring determines human behavior. Isn’t this art exhibition very peculiar and exquisite?
The triceratops is seemingly similar to the modern rhinoceros but they have no evolutionary link between them, we ignore the lack of any scientific mutual relation relying on aesthetic similarities. The title of the work implies the common human habit of intuitively making connections with little to no scientific basis.
These three art installations enter into a dialogue with one another and their host space. Managing to distinctly present and manifest commonly shared aspects of the human condition during this art exhibition, the viewer is invited to question their immediate context while entering the fantastical and at times the unsettling world of Sun Yuan & Peng Yu.