Please join us for the Opening Reception this coming Friday, June 9th, 16:30 at United Art Museum Exhibition Hall No. 5 (on 3/F).

Opening reception:
Friday, June 9th, 16:30

Exhibition Hall No. 5, 3/F, United Art Museum
16 West Yezhihu Road, Hongshan District, Wuhan, China


Free Play of Deconstruction

by Curator Jiang Yuwei

This exhibition features acrylic paintings and site-specific installations created by artist Yao Hai during the Migrant Birds Residency Program which co-organized by United Art Museum and Wuhan Creative Capital. In his series of acrylic paintings, those irregular shapes that appear, are derived from what he called “the ‘corpse’ of his early ink paintings”. He used several types of digital software to deconstruct these ‘corpse’ images, which randomly attain new geometric graphics. Thereafter, he deployed some of the rhythmic features he found from these digital images to re-create the composition of the paintings. In addition to that, Yao Hai constantly examined and adjusted the colour relationships based on his personal experience, thus developing an abstract visual language in his works.

Inspired by the composition of the above 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 once again interrupted, rhythm and harmony continue to exist in the installations. In this respect, lines and geometries form a dynamic relationship with rhythm and harmony.

In these series of works, 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. In order 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, yet discovering new structures and meanings in the process. Therefore, the underlying logic behind his creation process achieves a spiral-like ascend from one to zero then return to one.

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 takes place during the process. His works, perhaps, implies some kind of expectations for the future, or plants interesting clues which allow our imagination to fill in the blanks.

For any questions or media enquiries, please feel free to call or text the Exhibition Coordinator at 155 2713 0580.


Museum Opening Hours:
9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (no entry after 4:30 p.m.) from Tuesday to Sunday
The museum is closed on Mondays

Take bus No.777, 320 to “Baoli Xinyu Station”, walk 100 meters after getting off the bus;
Take bus No. 72, 570, 817 to “Nanhu Avenue Mahu Station”, walk 1000 meters along Yezhihu West Road