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Green Blades by Weiyi Li

Exhibition  /  30 Apr 2021  -  12 May 2021
Published: 29.04.2021
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A solo exhibition by artist Weiyi Li at The Closer Gallery displays the outcome of her recent project. She forged 100 “Green Blades” and semi-fictionalized the transition process from a Starbucks plastic table knife to a pre-Qin knife coin by using the frame-by-frame calculation in image technology and 3D printing.

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Weiyi Li
Like many of you, my acquaintance with Li Weiyi began from “net friends”. She is very “diligent” in social networks, allowing me to have a trivial and simple understanding of her.
 
I decided to invite her to The Closer Gallery for exhibition simply because I noticed that she had really created a lot of “jewelry works”. Although after a self-examination she said to herself that: “Essentially, I don’t really like to make jewelry. My purpose of making jewelry is to dress up myself as best as I can or give it to my friends. But I don’t have much interest in dressing up others.” Perhaps it is such a pure and practical purpose that endows her orphan jewelry works with a unique sense of “weiyi”. Working for herself is probably the real inducement for such an endless stream of creativity.
 
Li Weiyi makes no secret of her passion and obsession with “objects”. She likes to “create objects”, perhaps stronger than any other people I know. The satisfaction and happiness that comes from simply transforming and manufacturing an object is fully reflected in her body. As an artist, she is prolific. Apart from creating works, she almost enjoys no idle time at all. Regarding “creating objects”, she doesn’t give herself any idol burden (from my observation). She keeps on materializing her unimaginable ideas through the carrier of “objects”. This is her daily activity. I even suspect that she should have no much time purely for rest. Her brain is too busy, or that she has too much desire for “creation”.
 
For the content of her exhibition this time, our discussions started from dreams, giant lucky stars, mirrors, all the way to Buddha statues, but none of these symbolic works that are representative enough for Li Weiyi will appear on the scene. In the end, she decided to create 100 Green Blades. The prototypes of these “Green Blades” were derived from a modern injection-molded table knife and a pre-Qin knife coin respectively. Between the two, Li Weiyi made a sequence of knife arrays to demonstrate the “transformation” process from the table knife to the knife coin. This series of works attempts to discuss and present Li Weiyi’s thinking on “the history of creation”.
 
I told her that this should be the first exhibition where no “wearable” works would appear in The Small Jewelry Exhibition project so far. She disagreed with me, “knives are actually very useful, and some knives have holes in their handles.” It seems to her that there is an important relationship between “holes” and jewelry, which we completely coincide. “Hole” is a hidden danger. If there is a “hole”, there is the possibility to penetrate into it. Whether as a practical object or a work of art, once there is a “hole”, it would carry an additional new function and its given practicality and artistry might be subverted.
 
Thus, for the question “are they jewelry or not”, we welcome you to the exhibition site to find the answer by yourself.

/ Xiao Liang, The Closer Gallery


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Opening: Friday, 30 Apr, 4 pm.
Opening hours: 30 Apr - 12 May, 1 - 7 pm.

 
Sequence of 100 "Green Blades" . .
Sequence of 100 "Green Blades" .

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Transition process..
Transition process.

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Starbucks table knife and Yanyi knife coin of the pre-Qin Dynasty..
Starbucks table knife and Yanyi knife coin of the pre-Qin Dynasty.

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Weiyi Li. Piece: Green Blades, 2021. 3D printed resin, spray paint.. Weiyi Li
Piece: Green Blades, 2021
3D printed resin, spray paint.
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Weiyi Li. Piece: Green Blades, 2021. 3D printed resin, spray paint.. Weiyi Li
Piece: Green Blades, 2021
3D printed resin, spray paint.
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Green Blades No.54, 2021, Weiyi Li. 3D printed resin, spray paint..
Green Blades No.54, 2021, Weiyi Li. 3D printed resin, spray paint.

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