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27Kuai Fu Zhu Ri (Run after the sun)

Diao Wei *1979, Shandong, China. Lives and works in Beijing, China

The nude is a common image in Chinese sculpture, photography and art installations. Is it some sort of reset: people washed clean by the political system after decades of turmoil? There is something defenceless about a human body without any tell-tale signs to place the person in a hierarchy.Diao Wei is a clear representative for contemporary art in China. He works with big formats, strong impressions and dynamic combinations of animal or human bodies within a given set of dimensions. While his sculptures can be crafted down to the most minute detail, the surfaces can also consist of strong colours and textures, giving them a surrealistic or fantastical, dream-like quality.


Here in Örebro, the flowing metal wire makes interesting portraits of the local inhabitants. Wei’s art states the obvious and this is what makes it feel familiar. Firmly anchored in the here and now, but also capable of carrying our thoughts away to yonder realms.


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One of our partners makes a statement about being a part of this artwork:

OpenArt is a great experience and it’s good that it enriches our culture with art around our town. We like it from another perspective as well: OpenArt is a way to profile Örebro as an appealing city. We are one of the largest employers in the county with 350 employees and sometimes we have to recruit staff outside of the area. In that sense, OpenArt becomes a part of the reality that can attract people to the city. This year is especially exciting because one of the focus countries of OpenArt is Japan and we are a Japanese company. We think it’s great that we are able to contribute to two of the sculptures this year, given that they are created with wire from our company. It’s a fantastic symbiosis and great timing. Even better, our employees can see these works and feel proud that we supplied the material for these sculptures.


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