Yu Bogong

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Big Bang Theory
By Shen Yu

Speaking of the origin of the Universe, people often associate it with physicists, but Yu Bogong’s solo exhibition, Crossing the Riverbed, has merged art with physical principles. For instance, the alchemist’s secret room-like installation To the Origin consists of four bicycle wheels, a generator, beakers and rubber tubes made into a oil pump, oil path, and the installation of three neon-lights hung on the wall, Datura. Initially this odd work seemed rather incomprehensible. The tinted red gasoline symbolizes blood, continuously infused into the generator, which provides electricity to the entire space and highlights the inseparable relationship between natural resources and nature. The symbols on Datura are Yu Bogong’s abstract expressions on the religious origins of time and space--representing the course from the point of origin, the big bang and transformation to consolidation, distillation and transcendence. If one understands the principle of conversion of energy, then it’s not difficult to imagine the internal physical procedures of Datura -- they are visible small scale “big bangs of the universe”.  

Transformation consists of a cicada resting on the wall, cracking out of its cocoon and it is made of resin and fiberglass that sporadically sprays mist from its back. The mist is a detailed explanation of the natural phenomenon of a cicada sloughing out of its skin. The electric energy that allows the birth of life is visualized and comes from the core of To the Origin: the generator and its operating system. Not everyone has the interest to understand the profound principle of the Big Bang, yet, this exhibition allows one to be mesmerized with the enigma of the universe in one’s own imagination.