Wang Wei's practice consists of architectural interventions or installations, often with a temporary or performative aspect. The 2003 work Temporary Space involved the commissioning of a group of construction workers to make a single brick room less than two feet within the perimeter of an existing building. The process - using the standard economical method of using recycled bricks transported by donkey - took two weeks before being exhibited, pulled down, and methodically recycled again. The work reflects on, and uses, the conditions of contemporary China, where the lifespan of a building is rarely more than one or two decades.
In Trap, Wang Wei plays with scale in a work which interweaves two structures. Again referencing everyday building materials, Wang Wei created a scaffolding structure that occupies the same space as a giant scale model of a bird trap. Viewers were invited to pick their way through the structure, accompanied by a number of small birds.
During his residency at Gasworks, Wang Wei, created work for the group exhibition, Slash Fiction (April 2007) as well as carrying out his research and experimentation period. This exhibition and residency project was the first of a three-year project supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.
Tuesday 6 February, 6.30 for 7pm start
As part of his residency, Wang Wei will give a presentation about his work alongside visiting artists Hu Xiangqian and Liu Chuang.