WangShui is a New York-based studio that uses moving images, installation, and architecture to explore contemporary notions of desire. The work often restages image technologies to locate intimacy, autonomy, and sanctuary.
WangShui has exhibited and screened work internationally at venues including the JULIA STOSCHEK COLLECTION, New York Film Festival, Venice Architecture Biennale, SculptureCenter, EMPAC, and The Shed. WangShui’s work is in the permanent collection of The Whitney Museum of American Art.
From Its Mouth Came a River of High-End Residential Appliances / 2017-2018
In the single-channel video installation From Its Mouth Came a River of High-End Residential Appliances (2017 – 2018) traveling drone shots slowly approach gaping holes in some of the recognizable residential buildings of Hong Kong’s southside. Called “dragon gates,” these holes are said to be designed as passages for dragons to fly from the mountains to the sea, sustaining the proper flow of energy between the natural and built environment. In the video, the camera traces the dragon’s path, shifting the viewer’s mobility from space to screen. With increasing proximity, the gates themselves function as both window and frame, echoing the shape of the screen. Locating these dragon gates as portals for formal and ideological therianthropy (shapeshifting) in the work, the artist embarks on a sprawling and confessional reverie on mythology, kingship, feng shui, monsters and deities of the mountains and the seas, and mulberry trees.