artist / participant
On Saturday, February 4, 2012, The Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA) celebrated the opening of My Personal Universe Inner, the second facet of the spectacular solo show by acclaimed Chinese sculptor Zhan Wang. This tour-de-force of super-high-definition video, sculpture, installation and documentary explores the innermost secrets of the human imagination and the outermost reaches of the cosmos.
The first facet of the Zhan Wang exhibition My Personal Universe: outer (26. 11. 2011 – 8. 1. 2012) dealt with the visible, or outer, universe. Six oversized super-slow-motion video projections showed an enormous boulder being blasted to bits with dynamite. The carefully-planned explosion, which took place in China’s Shandong province, was recorded from six different angles with high-definition digital video cameras capable of capturing the blast and its aftermath at 2000 frames per second. The result is that we are able to witness, with astonishing clarity, an event that evokes the earliest moments of our universe. The videos are complemented by stainless steel “rock fragments” modeled from actual blast debris, and a documentary that reveals the complex universe of social and human relationships—the teamwork, humor, frustration and bureaucratic red tape—behind the making of My Personal Universe.
The second facet of the exhibition deals with the invisible, or inner, universe. For this, Zhan Wang has created an installation of over 7000 stainless steel rock fragments suspended in midair throughout the exhibition hall, their distribution approximating the path of the debris in the first millisecond after the explosion. Using these visual cues, we are encouraged to delve into the universe of our own imagination and ponder the connection between ourselves, the artist and the universe as a whole.
By juxtaposing the cold science of what is real with the joyous alchemy of what is possible, Zhan Wang illuminates the cosmos that surrounds us all, as well as the universe that lies within.
My Personal Universe
Kuratoren: Jerome Sans, Paula Tsai