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From the series "Animal chairs"
Manufactured by R3PM3
Hangzhou (China), 2021
High density foam, PU coating

105 cm x 83 cm x 153h cm
41,3 in x 32,7 in x 60,2h in

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The series “Animal chairs”, as with most of Zhou Yilun’s work, are not intended for utility, instead they are a search for abstraction and an antidote to boredom. The artist sources a variety of discarded plastics from various factories. The work emphasises that the era we live in now is an era of the omnipresent plastics. PVC, polyethylene, various polymers and petroleum extracts can be found everywhere. Although these materials are not environmentally friendly, they are symbolic of the times we live in. While the process of recycling them would entail greater energy consumption, through Zhou Yilun’s work the material are allowed to experience a rebirth as a whimsical statement. The process of producing the furniture involves modelling small mockups with plasticine. These are then 3D scanned and sent to a factory to carve the desired geometry from the high density foam. The artist then uses a layer of resin coating on the outside to bring a composition of colour to each piece. The “Animal chairs” series aims to present a commentary on society’s obsession with tangible objects and consumerism. Zhou Yilun believes so-called artworks no longer exist and instead everything the individual creates, whether a painting or a piece of furniture, is a product intended to produce a profit. He says “ I am not rebellious anymore. The real rebellion in this era is to give up making money. I have a monthly mortgage, I am not rebellious at all. I am in fact, very obedient.”

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Zhou Yilun (b. 1983, Hangzhou, China) lives and works in Hangzhou. Zhou graduated in 2006 from the oil painting department at China Academy of Art. His works are formed from a bricolage of identity, as he lifts and distorts techniques inherited from the Renaissance, Baroque, and Romantic eras—revisiting, perverting, and parodying their ideas for the new globalist regime. He has recently exhibited at the KWM artcenter in Beijing, China (2018), appearing in The Post Southern Song Dynasty, an exhibition of works featuring the Martin Goya Business artist collective. Other recent exhibitions include Zhou Yilun: Q.S.K.T., Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zurich, Switzerland (2020, solo); Zhou Yilun: Ornament and Crime, Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, USA (2019, solo); After Sunset, Galeria Liusa Wang, Paris, France (2018); Parallel Times, Inna Art Space, Hangzhou, China (2017); The Monkey On Horseback, Galeria Nicodim, Bucharest, Romania (2016, solo); Zhou Yilun, Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, USA (2015, solo); GODFINDER, Platform China Contemporary Art Institute, Beijing, China (2015, solo); and My Generation: Young Chinese Artists, Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, USA; Orange County; Museum of Art, Newport Beach, USA (2015).

Zhou Yilun is, in addition, the founder of the R3PM3 design label which produces clothing and furniture from old, everyday objects and fabrics, which he presented for the first time in 2015 at the Inna Art Space, Hangzhou.



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