Dongi Wu: Shadows of the daylight, glimmer of the nighttime
opening reception: Friday, February 9, 6-9 pm
February 9–March 3, 2024
This solo exhibition features the wearable artwork and sculpture by Dongyi Wu from 2016–2023. Dongyi has introduced a wide range of materials in her works. The colors of the materials are always one of the essential elements that she focuses on during her materials exploration. Different from most of Dongyi’s pieces with various colors, most of the works in this exhibition are presented in black. Dongyi wants to explore the meaning behind this “monotonous” color and the feelings that it may evoke. She considers black as a color with everything hidden in there rather than a color with none of the things.
This exhibition is divided into two sections. The first part is “shadows of the daylight”, which narrates a small and interesting moment in Dongyi’s life, a tired afternoon. When Dongyi took her pen and sketchbook to figure out what to do next, she was very sleepy. She felt her eyes and eyelashes became so heavy and almost falling off from her eyes. The second part is “glimmers of the nighttime”, which depicts dreams. Continuous Dreams 3 and Dream narrate a maze-like dream with crowded buildings. Access to Unknown Worlds series expresses the complexity and contradiction of emotions in the dreamland in a surreal way. The white and black bases decorated with a spiral texture seem to guide the animals to different dreamy spaces under the unknown power. Influenced by that, the animal forms are shaped to absurd and surreal images: when the zebra’s body comes to one side, the pig’s head appears on the other one.