Selected Works 2003–2013
Li Hui (*1977 in Beijing) creates three-dimensional sculptures and installations, generally out of powerful materials such as steel, wood, and laser or LED lights. His works generate surreal atmospheres: the wreck of a shattered ship, for instance, hovers above viewers’ heads; red laser beams envelop the ruins of a car; prehistoric-looking skeletons are stored in vehicles or display cases illuminated by bluish light. According to the artist, these environments are to be regarded as references to Buddhist philosophy, which says that when opposites collide, something new is created. This extensive monograph is the first to examine the artist’s most recent works, dating from 2005 to the present. In collaboration with the Zentrum für Internationale Lichtkunst Unna, the editor, curators, and critics shed light on Hui’s themes, techniques, perspectives, and motivation; on an artist who combines the skills and knowledge of Western art and culture with the values of an Eastern worldview.
The main color of this cool book for this very cool artist is BLACK.
All of Li Hui’s exciting and sometimes spooky acrylic/light works are presented in darkness, like in the actual exhibition situation. Even the related texts and technical drawings are printed black on (90%) black.
To ad some rock’n roll to this elegant and stylish art book, I used black overprints over some of the images, while cutting the art shots and some documental material into repeating pieces.
The “daylight works” are all shown on the white paper background.
For the interview section, the typesetting is taking the part of the two persons talking: two columns in conversation with each other.
For all the texts, I used my dear friend Karl-Heinz Lange’s (1929–2010) beautiful PTL Superla (former Super Grotesk by VEB Typoart).
My regards go to Li Hui and Christoph Noe.
Special thanks to Dawn Michelle d’Atri, Julika Zimmermann, and Katja Jaeger from the wonderful Hatje Cantz Berlin team.
Hatje Cantz, 2013
208 pp., 195 ills.
24.70 x 30.70 cm