Heavy Artillery was the recent show at WHITE RABBIT Gallery curated by David Williams. It was a full explosion of amazing and provocative work. The artists sought to, as ArtsHub writer says: “White Rabbit curator David Williams plays off Mao Zedong’s 1942 statement that artworks need to ‘operate as powerful weapons for uniting and educating the people and for attacking and destroying the enemy’”.
Most things were big in this exhibition including He Xiangyu’s hand-stitched leather replica of a tank – it could be called an over-sized hand bag. The fragrance of leather is quite ominous. And Liu Wei’s oversized geometrical paper forms are competitively scaled to urban ones and simple enough to be distinguished from them. There are gravity-defying rocks and blue bookshelves lined with identical books all telling of propaganda. China is competing with and making everything including rubbish, the fake luxury goods market, statues, the past, and great art.
All photographs were taken by the author, 2016.