You may know Beijing-based artist Cao Hui‘s work without realizing it. He’s created those disturbing flesh arm chairs, sofas, clothing, and suitcases. His latest series gives us a medically sliced view of classic sculptures a la Visible Human Project.
Cao has an interesting viewpoint on the increasing quest of artists to look inward rather than visually stay on the surface. He states,
Increasingly uneasy and dissatisfied with merely describing surface appearances, artists now attempt to plumb the inner reaches of things; an agenda that apparently moves into science or other fields. It seems artists are no longer happy just being artists, but are driven by their inborn love of performance to try out new roles, such as philosopher, scientist, doctor or perhaps even engineer. I think artists really want to play god more than anything else, and will stop at nothing to construct a truth that validates the self.
View more of Cao Hui’s work via Lin & Lin Gallery.