Free Play of Deconstruction
2017.6.9 - 2017.6.30
United Art Museum, Wuhan, China
Inspired by the structural relationship in his own paintings, Yao Hai once again deconstructed the digitally created morphemes from the paintings, and summarized them into a spatial relationship between installation, lines in sculpture and geometric graphics. Although the static balance of two-dimensional art form is once again disrupted, rhythm and harmony continue to exist. Lines and geometric graphics form a dynamic intentional relationship.
Yao Hai regards ‘deconstruction’ as a strategy or a game when creating the installations. The concept of ‘deconstruction’ originates from the philosopher Jacques Derrida. It implies the opposition of life and death – infinite substitutions take place within its structure. Substitution is movement, movement represents life. In order to avoid death, we must affirm death with joy. In fact, differentiation and deconstruction are Yao Hai’s approaches to look into his past. At the same time, he roams freely around the once established structure and its meaning to review and clarify the significance. The result of each differentiation and deconstruction reconstructs a new structure and meaning. Therefore, change and development in the creation process reflect the artist’s artistic practice evolving from one to zero and then zero to one.
To a certain extent, Yao Hai’s creation can be regarded as a process of multiple deconstructions, a serious play in which dissection and exploration, deconstruction and reconstruction take place at the same time. This also seems to imply some kind of hope for the future, which may provide interesting clues to viewer’s imagination.