The “Sleep Walker” exhibition is a commentary on the relationship between simulated 3D technology and reality. The exhibition will offer ten pieces that have been crafted from steel and are monumental in size, spanning up to 2 meters. A master sculptor, Xia Hang has always been fascinated by the medium of steel, attracted by its brilliant shine, strength and durability. Stronger than stone or wood, Xia Hang enjoys the malleability of steel and is able to manipulate the metal into shapes that challenge the traditional conventions of the art of sculpting.
Born in 1978 and a graduate of China’s Central Academy of Fine Arts, Xia Hang is a pioneer in the adoption of the “sculpture of play” as a form of artistic creation; his works are born out of a sense of “play”, with cartoons and on-line games influencing his works and underscoring them with a light mood and free spirit. Experiencing a creative process that is filled with imagination and challenges, Xia Hang creates sculptures that are a reinterpretation of the concept of "play" with modern material, techniques and concepts. A core element to his art works is also the concept of "Disassembling" and "Re-assembling" where Xia Hang’s sculptures can be disassembled and reassembled, mirroring once again, the concept of "play" with modern materials, like steel.
MB&F M.A.D.Gallery Founder and Creator Maximilian Büsser said: “The M.A.D.Gallery is a haven for mechanical pioneers and we are privileged to showcase works by Xia Hang. We are always on the lookout for unique artists who can juxtapose creativity and artistic integrity to create works of mechanical art and in Xia Hang we have met a kindred spirit who is not afraid to challenge the status quo”.