Calendar for Year 2019 “Blessing”
Throughout the lifespan of human history, we learn to quantify time by seconds, minutes, hours, days, and months. Time is measured in an exact way as we progress through the year. The nature functions similarly: it creates climate and weather as yet another faithful representation of time, which also is the original one. The complexity of the nature brings warmth, sunshine, rain, and snow, thereby gifting us with abundant foods and fruits. We, as part of the nature, should be grateful to the wide collection of edibles the nature gives us. However, the uniqueness and ubiquity of nature has been fundamentally changed by human: the vegetables and fruits which grows in particular seasons and climates remains no longer seasonal and regional.
This calendar seeks to restore such uniqueness and ubiquity of nature by faithfully recording 12 seasonal and local edibles around year to highlight the relationship between nature and us. The Chine
se calligraphy “Fu” on the cover means “blessing” and each month has a featured food in season. See more info in my shop. :)
Great Sand Dunes, 2018
Tangerine afternoon, 2015
I am putting together some recombinant fragments from my memories, back to college time, back to time in my hometown in this ongoing series. Some symptoms occurred to me at the end of the summertime this year, I felt myself falling into an illusory limbo that I could dreamt about the old times with awareness of the current moment. I got lost in it, but at the same time all of these felt so real and coherent. Everything recombined spontaneously, and visually appearing to me.
Set A Reminder to Call, 2018
One Winter, One Summer, 2018
One Day Hangout with Dad, 2018
Face And Profile, 2018
‘Goodbye Weapons’ Posters, 2018
‘Goodbye Weapons’ is a project collaborated by Artists Xi Li and Chengtao Yi.
It is a photo documentation of a speculative toy project, an exploration on a relational aesthetic between weapons, toys and fetishism we have been fascinated by for a long time. The oddly beautiful and obviously sexual robotic toy is essentially a kitbashing with scaled fighter jet model kit parts and posable barbie model legs. A combination of a classic girl toy and a typical boy toy. The fighter jets were modified and coated with a fragile layer of rough color spray and then decorated with military decals. Only rubber bands were used to bond the modified jets with the detached barbie legs.
‘Goodbye Weapons’ Grumman F-14 ‘Tomcat’, 2018
‘Goodbye Weapons’ Air Force, 2018
Ginkgo Seeds, 2018
Ginkgo Seeds is a still life series where I take my further step to explore my surrounding environment and seek oddities from things' intrinsic nature in it. This project is a conversation between me and the objects. I collect things that appeal to me along the street in front of my apartment, or from a coastal hiking trip up north. I add ordinary pieces into the photo set sometimes too. Before each photo I make in my studio, I would like to go out without a plan, just see things out there and I come back with inspirations and objects I want to shoot with. Sometimes when I come back from Chinatown market with some fascinating Chinese medicine and plants, a composition, a mood or even a story reflects in my mind. Other than my daily discovery, inspiration for the concepts and aesthetics of this series also comes from a number of sources, in photographs and other media like paintings, or music. I combine the world nearby I experience and the indirect part I got inspired by together, to blur the boundaries between 3d and 2d in my work.
My Eyes Are Irritated, My Lips Are Dry / Mom Brings Me Colorful Plastic Bag Rolls When She Visits / Still Life 2019
Flex Series, 2017-2018