Naihan Li’s I AM A MONUMENT CCTV wardrobe is featured in Yahoo news, “Here’s the Armoire Version of Koolhaas’ Beijing ‘Pants’ Building”. Gallery ALL will present CCTV wardrobe in Design Miami for the Design Curio/ program next Month. The exhibition runs from December 3rd to December 7th at Miami Beach.
As a first-time participant to the fair, Gallery ALL presents an animated installation of the newest work from Li’s I AM A MONUMENT series entitled I AM A MONUMENT – CCTV, responding to the theme of the Curio program that emphasizes surprising installation and creative production, challenges and contextualizes familiar design narratives.
Naihan recreates iconic Beijing CCTV building as 1:100 scale rosewood cupboard. This desire can be seen as well in Chinese traditional paintings, which play with the idea of scale from a subjective point of view while minimizing the universe. In modern China, people want to possess icons and monuments to their age yet live with them at a domestic scale. Interpreting the entire Curio project as a chest of curiosities presenting the variety of practices engaged by designers in the world today, the I AM A MONUMENT – CCTV Installation includes animated fog that represents the billowing smog of Beijing’s wintery landscape, Chinese bonsai shrubs that inspired the entire series, both traditional and digital carpentry tools used in the work’s construction and personal items such as clothing that transport the public icon into the artist’s private world.