Free Play of Deconstruction
2017. 6. 9 - 6. 30
United Art Museum, Wuhan
Inspired by the composition of his early paintings, Yao Hai hence created a series of site-specific installations. The digitally invented morphemes for the paintings once again are deconstructed in the process, becoming the spatial relationships between lines and geometries in the installations. Although, the static balance in two-dimensional art form (the paintings) is interrupted, rhythm and harmony continue to exist in the installations. In this respect, lines and geometries form a dynamic relationship with rhythm and harmony.
Yao Hai perceives ‘deconstruction’ as a strategy, an unbridled approach to free play. ‘Deconstruction’ is a school of philosophy initiated by French philosopher Jacques Derrida. It entails that life is the antithesis of death. It is a structure of infinite substitutions. The play of substitutions signifies differentiation. Differentiation indicates signs of life. To escape mortality, one should readily affirm the presence of infinite substitutions. For Yao Hai, differentiation and deconstruction take place when he revisits his past artistic practice. He roams freely in the formerly established structures to review and clarify the significance, and to discover new structures and meanings in the process. His creation process evolves a spiral-like ascend from zero to one then back to zero.
Yao Hai’s artistic approach is considered a multi-deconstruction process, a serious play. It not only involves deconstruction and exploration, but a series of infinite substitutions take place during the process. His works, perhaps, implies expectations for the future, or plants interesting clues which allow our imagination to fill in the blanks.