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 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 into this block with an electronic saw to create a form that can be outstretched like an accordion, transforming the work into something completely different.
Li Hongbo has been the subject of major exhibitions inducing a recent solo show ‘Irons for Ages, Flowers for Days’ at the SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah. Other solo exhibitions include ‘Li Hongbo – Out of Paper’ Kunstverein Ludwigsburg and ‘The World – Li Hongbo New Works Exhibition,’ Found Museum, Beijing. In 2012 Li Hongbo’s ‘Ocean of Flowers’ was exhibited as part of the 18th Biennale of Sydney’s on Cockatoo Island. 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, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing and Found Museum, Beijing. Dominik Mersch Gallery presented in 2012 his first solo exhibition in Australia, investigating the circle of life, from birth to death.
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