Yin Xiuzhen, One Sentence, 2011, used clothes, hand made stainless steel, 108 pieces, size variable
For many years now, Yin Xiuzhen (born in 1963) - an artist who participated in the 52nd Venice Biennale in 2007 - has been using already worn textiles as bearers and preservers of identity. At their new space, ALEXANDER OCHS GALLERIES is now dedicating a third solo show focusing on this Beijing artist (after previous solo exhibitions in 2001 and 2006) entitled ONE SENTENCE (yi ju hua): this title is both the title of the work and the exhibition. The installation consists of 108 individual pieces. Both number and title refer to the Buddhist concept that each individual has in the course of his or her life 108 problems to solve, just as a Buddhist set of prayer beads consists of 108 elements. Each of the 108 objects created by the artist in 2010 and 2011 consists of a sculpture from 29 to 59 cm (11-23 inches) in diameter, filled with pieces of fabric rolled up in a circle. In creating these sculptures, the artist allowed herself to be inspired by the cans used for storing film, evoking the notion of a 'life film.' The fabrics begin at the core with underwear, and are rolled layer for layer like a slice cut from a tree. Yin Xiuzhen layers pieces of clothing on top of one another until she arrives at the 'outer skin,' after a T-shirt, a shirt, or a blouse ultimately reaching the jacket or coat. The covers of these individual sculptures are engraved with Chinese characters indicating the pieces of clothing as they appear and are numbered from 1 to 108. At the presentation of the work ONE SENTENCE, the individual sculptures are always exhibited with the cover open, so that the number is doubled, as it were. After the presentation in Berlin, ONE SENTENCE will be shown at this year's Yokohama Triennale.