Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Artist Spotlight: Shi Jindian

What Shi Jindian can do with steel wire is beyond words. These photographs are so precise and ethereal that they look like computer generated images... but guess what? These be photos of the real dealz.

Shi's bio on White Rabbit states, "After searching years for “a material that was brand new, completely untraditional”, he settled on steel wires. By trial and error, he learned how to crochet the two-dimensional strands into three-dimensional forms using tools of his own devising. His wire meshes start out as wrappings around some common object. When the mesh is complete, Shi Jindian destroys or extracts the object, leaving only its steel “shadow”. The result, he says, is a kind of fiction, a virtual reality that can be walked around and touched."

Below is the "Blue CJ 750"... Chiangjiang 750 which is essentially a knockoff of the Russian military M72-M for mototsikl - which was an evolutionary version of BMW’s 1938 R71 side car.

“Beijing Jeep’s Shadow” (the chassis of a military vehicle).

Additional sculptures of the wheeled and un-wheeled variety...

Birth No. 2

(source article)

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