The Net
2100 x 2000 x 500 cm
Stainless steel

Composed of stainless steel threads welded together, this work represents the drag net commonly used in fishing. Dominating the gallery space, the viewer is forced to move through the installation, experiencing the net from the viewpoint of a shark or other sea life caught within it. Thus the usual relationship of human to net, of captor to captive, is subverted as the viewer becomes entangled in the artwork, and perhaps begins to experience something of the confusion and fear a shark experiences before death.


Born in 1959, Wang Luyan is one of China’s leading conceptual artists. He was a founding member of the avant-garde group Stars exploring political artistic experimentation as a result of the Cultural Revolution in the late 1970’s, and was deeply involved in the New Measurement Group, a three-member initiative of conceptual artists that existed from 1988-1995. His works have been presented in collective and solo exhibitions in China and internationally.

The Net - Wang Luyan - Monaco 2014