Sensory Spaces is a series of commissioned solo projects presented in the Willem van der Vorm Gallery, located in the freely accessible exhibition space in the museum‚Äôs entrance hall. Artists are invited to respond to the architectural qualities of the space, emphasizing notions of transformation and surprise.
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen asked Liu Wei (Beijing, 1972) to make a site-specific for the forth edition of Sensory Spaces. Liu Wei's work deals with China's rapid modernization and urban growth. Literally using the materials a city is made of, he takes the power structures and dynamism of urban society as his subject. His two- and three-dimensional works consist chiefly of assemblages of materials and objects from everyday reality. He physically deconstructs our reality to expose the underlying urban dynamic.
For the installation in the museum the artist has placed enlarged construction elements, which are both building blocks and sculptures, in the exhibition space. Collectively they form a larger-than-life do-it-yourself kit, like an urban landscape through which visitors can walk. The installation alludes to construction and decay, to possibilities and utopias.
Sensory Spaces - Liu Wei is on display from June 14 - September 28, 2014 in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen.