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Wednesday, August 11, 2004
 

Five Projects by Xu Bing




Xu Bing explores the difficult dynamics of communicating across languages, cultures and species. His textual projects suggest a code that upon inspection is unable to be parsed. Animals within his work act as mute agent: acting and acted upon. Insects create and destroy texts, pigs stamped with nonsense English and Chinese characters lustily mate in captive performance - fecund communications suggesting the unlikelihood of understanding. Grand in scale and fine in detail, his work engages a bemused and quizzical poetry of obstinance.

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