“Cao Hui expands on the complicated relationships between reality and its reflections, using images that are at once realistic and metaphorical.” —critic Feng Boyi
Born Kunming, 1968
Cao Hui is best known for his oversized and shockingly realistic sculptures of half-flayed animals. His primary aim, he says, is to “trigger the viewer’s emotions: surprise, sorrow, anger, sadness or laughter”, and in the series of which Urinals (2001) is part, he goes for laughs. The fibreglass sculptures are intended simply “to make fun of everyday objects,” he says. But he is well aware that many viewers will associate his urinals (the bodies, he says, are male) with Marcel Duchamp’s iconic Fountain—itself a grand artistic joke.