Li Hongbo Tools Of Study Solo Exhibition at Klein Sun Gallery

Li Hongbo Tools Of Study Solo Exhibition at Klein Sun Gallery

There has been a lot of buzz around the interwebs lately about Chinese paper artist Li Hongbo and last week I had the privilege of visiting this must see exhibition of his exquisite and remarkable accordion-like paper statues, in person. Li Hongbo debuting his first solo exhibition in the United States entitled “Tools of Study” which showcases a large series of statues that are recreations of famed masterpieces. Upon first glance, one would think that these sculptures are made from some sort of cast, or possibly a smoothed porcelain, when in fact they are made from thousands of layers of paper.

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Li Hongbo’s technique was derived from both traditional folk art and his time as a student learning to sculpt. He has always been fascinated with traditional Chinese decorations known as paper gourds, which are made from glued layers of paper, which applies a honeycomb-like structure making the pieces completely flexible. Below you can see some of the pieces in their natural and accordion-like stages. Below I have included a video from my visit to the gallery to showcase these sculptures in action.

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UPDATE:
This exhibition is currently on view at Klein Sun Gallery and has been extended until March 22nd, 2014 until March 2nd, 2014 and involves a great staff that is able to show you the flexibility of each of the sculptures.

Check out this awesome close up and personal slow motion video by Kid Guy Collective!

Klein Sun Gallery
525 West 22nd Street
New York, NY 10011
Gallery Hours: Monday – Saturday 10am – 6pm

Images and videos courtesy of Klein Sun Gallery, Strictlypaper and Kid Guy Collective

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