|Zhang Hongkuan, Power Nests, image courtesy of China Art Projects|
The craziness (to a western eye) of power cables in the streets of Beijing was the first thing I noticed on the drive from the airport when I arrived there in March. Outside my hotel in the financial district, near the subway station and a scarily busy intersection where I felt that to cross the road was akin to a game of Russian roulette, the power cables looped and sagged, swinging in the strong wind, with some wires dangling to the ground. Tiny red cheeked children ran around beneath and through them, and cyclists rode up onto the footpath underneath. I couldn't restrain myself from taking photograph after photograph of this cable chaos, in the hutong laneways as well as on main streets and boulevards, so I was fascinated to see them transformed into elegant artworks through the alchemy of black and white photography.
|My photograph of Beijing power cables - Dazhalan in March 2011|
Tomorrow: Dinh Q Le at the Sherman Foundation - too much art is never enough!