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b. 1977, works and lives in Shanghai
Electro-mechanical objects, plastic, metal, cooper, red fluid etc mounted on wood (wall piece 15x20x20cm, with motor, battery)
Edition of 30

The Last Few Mosquitos is a cluster of slightly-larger-than-life-size replicas of mosquitos. One of the small sculptural pieces is now seated alone on the wall of the gallery space which seems empty at first glance. Closer inspection reveals the insect appears to be gradually sucking lifeblood from the building, glowing red as it ingests the nutrition it needs. Whereas mosquito is an effective symbol and the title may suggest some environmental concerns partially caused by shallow anthropocentrism, the viewers are left free to develop their own theories as to what the bloodsucker means, in the light of XU Zhen's notorious reluctance to interpret his works and give away the enigmatic, subtle and witty game.

Detail pictures:

Related Exhibitions:
Being of Evils, Hive Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing 04.11, 2020 -05.13, 2020
Clutch, ShanghART H-Space, Shanghai 09.06, 2013 -11.24, 2013
XU Zhen - The Last Few Mosquitoes, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada 09.13, 2012 -11.11, 2012
Winter Group Show, ShanghART Beijing, Beijing 01.09, 2010 -02.21, 2010
Metamorphosis, ShanghART 796 Huaihai Road, Shanghai 06.29, 2009 -07.30, 2009
The Last Few Mosquitos, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, U.K. 06.18, 2009 -07.05, 2009
CYLWXZ, Esther Schipper, Berlin 06.17, 2008 -08.23, 2008
Selected, ShanghART H-Space, Shanghai 01.03, 2008 -02.20, 2008

Related Texts:
The Last Few Mosquitos , Nicky Getgood TEXT 2009-05-19

Related Works:
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