WANG LUYAN

Net
800×2400×1450 cm
Stainless steel and lacquer
2017
On the theme of On Sharks & Humanity, Wang Luyan designed a monumental work of art named « The Net ». This imposing drag net wraps the hall the Hong Kong Maritime Museum, and epitomizes excessive human greed. With the reversal of roles, Humankind – represented here by the visitors – is caught, victim of his own actions.
Trapped in the mesh of the drag net, the public becomes an integral part of the artwork. In the paradox of catching and being caught, the visitors will symbolically experience the despair and the fear of an imminent death.
Wang Luyan was born in 1956, Wang Luyan is one of China’s leading conceptual artists. He was a founding member of the avant-garde group Stars, who explored political artistic experimentation as a result of the Cultural Revolution in the late 1970s. He was also deeply involved in the New Measurement Group, a three- member initiative of conceptual artists that existed from 1988 to 1995. His works have been presented in collective and solo exhibitions in China and internationally.