For this exhibition, Lu Pingyuan has created a ghost story that occurs at Cass Sculpture Foundation. In this story the protagonist, a young man called Raymond, finds himself lost in the grounds where he is trapped overnight. As night falls, he sees all kinds of strange and horrifying things, which could be illusions caused by the various sculptures in the park or ghosts of these sculptures attempting to make him stay forever. The final sculptural works exhibited are two objects that remain at the end of the story; a dilapidated car and a rock inscribed with the story. This work reiterates a recurring question in Lu’s works: does the story serve as the reason for creating thesetwo ‘artworks’, or do these objects serve as props for this story? Which is the actual ‘artwork’? Lu’s work provides viewers with new and unexpected perspectives for considering key concerns in contemporary art, particularly materiality versus immateriality and narrative versus visual form.
About The Artist
Lu Pingyuan works with a range of different mediums such as video, text, installation, painting and performance. In 2012, he established the group “Guest”, and is a co-initiator of digital art publication “PDF”. In recent works Lu Pingyuan explored the amusing similarity between superstitions relating to supernatural events and the creation of artistic ideas. Since 2012, he has started to collect and edit various mysterious or extraordinary stories that happened in the art world, and present them as videos, sounds and installations. As such Lu uses narrative in order to reactivate inanimate art objects for a contemporary audience.