Steel, 4cm tempered glass, fiberglass, silicone, etc
296 x 200 x 1012cm x 2
Untitled is an installation of colossal volume, presenting a dinosaur halved and placed into two vitrines (10 × 2 × 3m each) respectively. Modelled primarily with sculpture techniques, the enormous dinosaur was stuffed with animal viscera by the artist, whose design invites his audience to navigate through the work. The existence of this piece, in terms of its art form, refers precisely to the internationally acclaimed contemporary artwork The Shark (as well as Mother and Child Divided) by Damien Hirst. If the British artist has redefined the definition and value of contemporary art by displaying animal specimens preserved in formaldehyde, then it is not unfair to say that the pastiche by XU Zhen, who follows his visual presentation faithfully, serves as a retort towards the pieces that has gone down in art history. Back in 2007, XU exhibited Untitled in a show entitled NONO. "I am quite satisfied with the work, for it is so abundantly boring", said the artist commenting on his own production. In this sense, perhaps the articulation of boredom is clearly expressing the “vain” and the uncertainty of value judgement in the rapid development of globalization.
Eternity－ Northern Qi golden and painted Buddha, Tang Dynasty torso of standing Buddha from Quyang city, Northern Qi painted Bodhisattva, Tang Dynasty seated Buddha from Tianlongshan, Northern Qi painted Buddha, Tang Dynasty torso of a seated Buddha from Tianlongshan grotto No. 4, Parthenon East pediment