Li Hongbo is a Beijing based artist that creates surprising and unusual works from paper. A book editor and designer, Li Hongbo began collecting and experimenting with paper and was inspired by the traditional Chinese toys and festive decorations known as ‘paper gourd’. Created from a stack of interconnected sheets of paper, Li Hongbo realized the simplicity of their ‘honeycomb’ composition and the boundless possibilities of their shape and properties. Thousands of sheets of paper are glued to create a large block. The artist carves this block to create a form that can be outstretched like an accordion, transforming the work into something completely different.
‘Ocean of Flowers’, the 18th Biennale of Sydney installation on Sydney’s Cockatoo Island is an example of such a work. Thousands of brightly coloured flowers create a sprawling landscape, though when the flowers are flattened they are revealed as weapons such as pistols and AK 47’s.
Li Hongbo’s work is included in numerous private collections and the White Rabbit Collection, Sydney. DOMINIK MERSCH GALLERY presented in 2012 his first solo exhibition in Australia, investigating the circle of life, from birth to death.
Born 1974 in Jilin, China
Lives and works in Beijing, China
‘Li Hongbo: Tools of Study’ Klein Sun Gallery, 525 West 22nd Street, New York
‘Shadow of Knives’,Contemporary by Angela Li, G/F, 248 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
‘Pulp Culture: Paper is the Medium’, Morris Museum, Morristown, New Jersey
‘Xinjiang Biennale of International Contemporary Art’, Xinjiang, China
‘Once Upon a Time in Asia: The Story Tree’, ACM (Asian Civilisations Museum), Singapore
‘CODA Paper Art 2013’, Coda Museum, Apeldoorn, Netherlands
‘Paper Works’, Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, Massachusetts
‘Hot Pot: A Taste of Chinese Contemporary Art’, Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, Vermont.
‘Pure White Paper’, DOMINIK MERSCH GALLERY, Sydney
“All Our Relations,” 18th Biennale of Sydney, Australia
“A Tree,” Mizuma & One Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
“Material –> Object,” Eli Klein Fine Art, New York, NY
“The World – Li Hongbo New Works Exhibition,” Found Museum, Beijing,
“Start from the Horizon: Chinese Contemporary Sculpture Since 1978,” Sishang Art Museum, Beijing, China
“Material –> Object,” EK Projects, Beijing, China
“Experimental Art,” Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum, Beijing, China
“The Big Bang,” White Rabbit Collection, Sydney, Australia
“Journey of a Thousand Miles,” Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum, Beijing, China
“Object Energy,” Found Museum, Beijing, China
“Tien Kung Kai Wu,” Deshan Art Space, Beijing, China
“I’m on the Road to…” Mizuma & One Gallery, Beijing, China
“The Desire for Material Welfare & No Wants,” Jin Du Art Center, Beijing, China
“Shared Time and Space,” K Space, Beijing, China
Central Academy of Fine Art, Beijing, China
Found Museum, Beijing China
White Rabbit Collection, Sydney, Australia