Edouard Malingue Gallery, Hong Kong (H15)
Playing with everyday materials from objects found on a curb side to the clutter bellying a corner shop, He Yida (b. 1980, Shanghai) mounts delicate sculptural compositions that challenge the aesthetics of everyday life, relationships between objects and more broadly probe at the origins of art and its deference to monumentality.
Yida’s installation is composed of objects planted on an expansive painted carpet. Slightly raised on the rightmost wall, its pattern periodically outlines objects in an abstract manner akin to silk prints. The first set of sculptures resemble abandoned street furniture composed of laminated board and found items. The other sets are made of plaster, cement and plastic. This installation exemplifies the artist’s affinity to the neglected and how she tends to use those liquid-like, sticky, or easy to be squeezed and creased up mediums, which award her creations a dynamic tendency.