This week we are featuring another exhibit right here in NYC! Xu Bing is a sculptor from Beijing who has built two beautiful phoenixes out of construction debris. He was inspired by the new World Trade Center in Beijing– a beautiful piece of architecture, but built by workers in terrible conditions. Fierce and daunting, it critiques Chinese labor, industrialization and rapid modernization.
“The method is unsophisticated, like Chinese lanterns. At the same time it is also in keeping with the Western concept of ready-made assemblage. The entire process of creation forms an interactive relationship with the environment and Chinese society.” –Xu Bing
The exhibition was at The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, located on 1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street. You can check out more of Xu Bing’s work here.