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    Sale 14160

    FIRST OPEN | Shanghai

    22 October 2016, Shanghai

  • Lot 115

    XU ZHEN (CHINESE, B. 1977)


    Price Realised  


    XU ZHEN (CHINESE, B. 1977)
    Mirror Finish Stainless Steel, Metal Chains
    65 x 90 x 5 cm. (25 5/8 x 35 3/8 x 7/8 in.)
    Executed in 2016
    Produced by Madeln Company

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    "Metal Language" series collects words from popular political cartoons. The periphery of the graffiti-like texts are tightly circled by long-chains. The letters that appear to be roaring are thus inserted into neat dialogue boxes. The "Metal Language" transfers the invisible speech into three-dimensional objects like gold and silver, which exceptionally touches the witty interpretation of the literal meaning of the idioms. However, the puzzling weird text in format of all capital letters, which frequently appear in English comic, is stripped from the development of the original plot.

    ——MadeIn Company

    Pre-Lot Text

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