Liao Yibai's steel sculptures may look amusing, but are really expressions of the Chinese artist's memories of the perception of the American threat during and after the Cultural Revolution. Propaganda Machine melds tradition in the form of a turtle with the megaphones from his youth as a reminder of the truck that drove through town with its messages three times a day. PLA Whiskey is a symbol of a former Chinese soldier's longing for the forbidden American beverage, while the enemy is depicted by a pair of mouse ears in Fighting Shadow. The work is informed by the artist's life experiences, having grown up at the site of a bomb and chemical weapons factory. His father worked there, designing cruise missiles to be used against the U.S.
Artist: Liao Yibai
Imaginary Enemy runs from May 8 - August 15, 2009 at the Mike Weiss Gallery in New York.