Don’t Copy II
Plastic, propylene, stainless steel, dynamo and lighting
Made up of more than 70 pieces of transparent material, Don’t Copy II forms the outline of a shark. The four metre long sculpture is suspended in middair and illuminated with X-rays. The artwork symbolises the relationship between shark and humans, and offers a multi-level analysis on the value of life. The artist has represented the multiplicity of this anlaysis by using transparent materials. The concept has been combined with the spatial aspects of the piece.
In the 1990s, Li Jiwei worked on the installation Don’t Copy I, which highlighted the issues surrounding human cloning. Don’t Copy II is an attempt to instil a respect for nature in people, and encourage them to analyse their own behaviour within society. By adapting our behaviour now, we could save ourselves from a future populated with clones.
Li Jiwei was born in 1960 in Beijing. From 1980-1983 he studied traditional Chinese painting at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. He was a teacher in the Fine Art Department of the Beijing Film Academy from 1990-1993. In 1995, he went on to study abstract painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, completing his Master’s course in 1996. He was awarded the ‘Meisterschulpreis’ and ‘Goldener Fügerpreis’ while studying in Vienna. His work has been exhibited in various countries such as China, Germany, Austria and Lichtenstein. He currently lives and works in Beijing and Berlin.