Objects of Human-object No 2 No 3 by Yitong Zhang

Object  /  Design
According to Greenhalgh, things we use and make are not neutral objects but embodiments of ourselves and cultural values. Yitong Zhang’s collection of works investigates people’s relationships with everyday objects, exploring the complexity and contradictoriness in people’s desire and character reflected by the objects they live with. The processes of thinking and making are stimulated by people’s subconscious way of using objects, and questions that are provoked when objects are incorporated within functional behaviours. How objects “talk” is a question, responding to semiology and theories surrounding how objects might be ‘read’ as text. For this collection, the work of Roland Barthes and Jean Baudrillard is acknowledged by reference to symbolic meanings reflected in the values placed on materials, skill, and effort of objects; with Baudrillard stating that: ‘We live by object time’ (1970). These works ask the viewers and users to connect with their time and space, in a dialogue that invites discussion of agency in human-object relations.
Yitong Zhang
Objects of Human-object No 2 No 3
Silver (could be hallmarked).
Double-straw candlestick: 7.7 x 4 x 26.3 cm; Single-straw candlestick: 7.2 x 3.9 x 26 cm
Unique piece

Estimated price: 445 €

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