an installation by Xu Zhifeng



"Butterfly" is a site-specific installation using household washing bowls of various sizes suspended in the air with fishing line. The plastic basins may be purchased in the hardware stores of the"gallery- mall"site installation, here the intention is to create a visual doppelganger to challenge our perceptions. The title evokes metaphors of symmetrical beauty, we recall the life cycle of the holometabolous insect and witness the transformation of daily utilities from the functional realm to that of the purely aesthetic. In this Butterfly Effect born of chaos we are lead to larger Chinese philosophic thoughts on the state of being.

Xu Zhifeng, 2012/02/12