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Huang Yong Ping’s Circus

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If you are looking for a distraction from the holiday season that is upon us, then visit Chinese artist Huang Yong Ping’s new work currently on show at the Gladstone Gallery in Chelsea, a powerful yet minimalist show.

Huang Yong Ping has used taxidermied animals to create an installation that represents time, chaos and the artist’s vision of the relationship between religion and power. The central piece of the show is a piece entitled “Circus” a huge installation with a massive wooden hand at the centre of it all.  The giant hand hovers above a large frame and firmly grips the strings of a small puppet.  Around it are fifteen headless animals who seem to gaze upwards at a monkey skeleton, inspired by the classic Chinese novel “Journey to the West”.

The show continues on the second floor with two more installations on the same theme.  Born in 1954, Huang Yong Ping represented France in the 1999 Venice Biennale.  He currently lives in Paris where he has resided since 1989.

Circus. Huang Yong Ping. Gladstone Gallery. 530 West 21st Street.  Until January 19, 2013.

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