〈Apocalypse〉, 2015-2019, stone, iron, copper, polystyrene, aluminum. Dimensions variable Courtesy of the artist, Courtesy of the artist
“God reveals himself to humans through his creations, through history, and through human conscience.”
As part of his practice, Wang Si-Shun has been collecting stones that recall the human figure from all over the world. To date, his collection spans Russia, France, Italy, Afghanistan, Uruguay, Egypt, Africa and the various parts of China. To him, these stones are not simply images of humans, they are beings imbued with personalities and possess intrinsic value. These stones of different sizes, shapes, colors and textures are akin to people from different worlds, of different races and identities, different pasts and futures. And in them, you can variously encounter evocations of the sacred, the noble, the ugly and the evil. And together, they form a world of interactions and conflicts. For the artist, these are shaped by time and by themselves, for he believes they possess a fundamental vitality and power. In these stones are folded eons of time of which our cultural experiences, worldviews, art histories and aesthetics are but a part.
About the Artist
Wang Sishun was born in Wuhan in 1979, and graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Arts with a master’s degree in 2008. Wang is currently based in Beijing and has participated in Thailand Biennale Krabi, Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale, Yinchuan Biennale, AET 2017 Biennale of Contemporary Art Bucharest Biennale, the Ural Industrial Biennial in Russia, and Asia Triennial Manchester. Wang’s works have been showcased in renowned art institutions and venues including Tai Kwun in Hong Kong, Fondation Salomon in France, Art Museum of Georgia, The Cass Sculpture Foundation, Kunsthaus Graz in Austria, the Daimler Art Collection in Germany, the Borusan Contemporary in Istanbul, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, National Art Museum of China, and Luigi Pecci Contemporary Art Center. Wang was nominated for the 2015 Art Sanya Huayu Youth Award and the 2016 Asian Cultural Council Award, and his works are part of the collection of institutions such as Taikang Space, M+ in Hong Kong, and Daimler Art Collection in Germany.