YU Honglei

About the Artist

Born 1984 in Inner Mongolia, currently live and works in Beijing.


His moving image and sculptural practice takes inspiration from a unique visual vernacular of online image database and visual cultures of Chinese cities. These sources are used by the artist and applied with the artist’s sculptural touch. What he is interested in is the plasticity of thought forms and the sensible entities it corresponds to. Such plasticity allows Yu to execute the cognitive leap between the visual currencies as employed by his works and their titles, allowing for a hermeneutic and polysemic output, which informs his highly personal artistic discourse.

His recent solo exhibitions include: Flower, Carl Kostyál, London, 2017; Swallow’s Century, Antenna Space, Shanghai, 2016; Sketch, Telescope, Beijing, 2015; Fat Mouse, Antenna Space, Shanghai, 2014; Everything Is Extremely Important: There Is Nothing That Will Not Come Back Again, Magician Space, Beijing, 2013. His recent group exhibitions include:Cul-De-Sac, Antenna Space, Shanghai, China, 2017; I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream For Ice Cream, Fondazione Baruchello, Rome, Italy, 2017; Marching in Circles, Long March Space, Beijing, China, 2017; Hybrid Layers, ZKMCenter for art and media, Karlsruhe, Germany, 2017;After Us, chi K11 Art Museum, Shanghai, 2017; TRAVERSE • COURSE — 2016 Huayu Youth Award nomination exhibition, Sanya, 2016; Shifting Optics III, Upstream Gallery, Amsterdam, 2016; TUTORIALS – Moving images and instructions for use from China, Museo Pino Pascali, Polignano, Italy, 2016; Des Hôtes: a Foreigner, a Human, an Unexpected Visitor, Spring Workshop, Hong Kong, 2015; 28 Chinese: Rubell Family Collection, San Antonio Museum of Art, Texas, 2015; The System of Objects, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, 2015.