Art that's a cut above, January 25

25 Jan 2014

First you see it, or do you? Li’s amazing pieces are concertinas of thousands upon thousands of fine pieces of paper. The line of white, classical busts in Li Hongbo’s dusty Beijing studio could be used for drawing practice in any art classroom in the world. That is until the artist places his hands on one and lifts gently. What had looked exactly like solid plaster is transformed into an amorphous worm. A Roman soldier warps like taffy. A pretty English maid rises abruptly like a ghost before slipping back into place as if nothing had happened.