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Sculpture (MA)

Steven He

Steven He (b. 1994 in Shanghai, China) received his BFA at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2016 and is currently an MA candidate at the Royal College of Art in London. 

Show Location: Battersea campus: Studio Building, First floor

Steven aims to draw attention to the majesty of things that can often be overlooked. He takes inspiration from internet culture and art history to make satirical comments on the peculiar ways that our attention can be drawn. By playing fast and loose with the gap between eastern and western notions of beauty and philosophy and perceptions of relative status and value he aims to tease out mechanisms by which these ideas plant themselves and remembered in our minds.

Some Flowers300 x 220 x 20 mm | 11.8 x 8.7 x 0.8 in Acrylic, monofilament, oil paint on wood
Good rainbow made by two converging water cannons 350 x 300mm | 13.8 x 11.8in Oil paint on wood, wax
Fading over a field400 x 330mm | 15 x 12in Oil paint on wood, wax
Precedes the sunlight (So I'll be all right)350 x 280mm | 13.8 x 11in Oil paint on wood, wax

During the summer I had moved to a new house and I started to make some painting to fill the empty walls. It was a real break from the sort of making that I had become used to during the academic periods. For the first time in years I felt like I was purely making artworks without any outside reason, purely for myself. I started painting rainbows because I like the fact that you don’t really see them a lot in paintings made by grown-ups. I think that rainbows are often mis-appreciated. I think they are dismissed a lot of the time because we assume that they appear childish or unsophisticated. But in nature, rainbows are never the same as the way that we think of them in our minds.

Comparable appreciation toward two dishes, united under the common reality of beingwhich is inspired by What heiddeger termed “the unity of being” he noticed for example that we, and the fish in the tank and even the tank itself are all in existence right now and are fundamentally united by the basic fact of our common being. Heidegger wanted to use these ideas as a springboard to a deeper form of generosity and as a tool for overcoming alienation and egoism. In Chinese philosophy there’s a term called Wu Wei which is about Being at peace when engaged in the most phrenetic of tasks. Wu W