Iron tree door Ai
en het geheel
Ai Weiwei begon
in 2009 aan een serie boomscupturen. YSP-info: Iron
tree comprises 97 elements cast in iron from parts of trees, and interlocked
using a classic – and here exaggerated – Chinese method of joining, with
prominent nuts and screws.
The work expresses Ai’s interest in fragments and
the importance of the individual, without which the whole would not exist.
The use of found wood in this work reflects the artist’s belief that every
aspect of culture bears the stamp of its predecessors.
Stumps & roots
van een website:
“Philip Tinari, an art historian and incoming director of Beijing's Ullens
Center for Contemporary Art, once joined Ai to troll for materials in
Jingdezhen, a city southwest of Shanghai renowned for its porcelain industry.
Along the roads, they spotted several dealers hawking refrigerator-size
pieces of local trees, specifically their stumps and root systems. Craftsmen
often turn these gnarled masses into kitschy restaurant decor by carving
their stumps into the shape of a peacock's head with the roots trailing out
like feathers. But Ai pounced on the goods like he was "saving"
historic artifacts, Tinari says. Months later, Ai arranged them like some
"weird forest" in a German museum survey of his work.”
Ai Weiwei (Peking, 1957)
Scupture Park, Engeland