Archive for February 19th, 2009

Dangerous Art


Meet Li Wei.

This 37 year old from Beijing produces unsettling photographs that depict him hurtling out of buildings, perched in startlingly dangerous situations and submerged into sidewalks, sand and lakes. The work conveys a sense of lost gravity and a many times dangerous reality.

Li Wei

“I am fascinated by the unstable and dangerous sides of art and I hope my works reflect these aspects,” says he.

His photos can sell up to thousands of US dollars.

Li Wei

And he loves the reactions that his work evokes from folk who see it.

Li Wei

He says firstly they are astonished. Then they wonder how it is done.

The secret? Mirrors. Steel wires. And a lot of imagination, creativity and guts. Li Wei makes it his mission to get the scene for the perfect photograph and a perfect performance. To him, the process is more important than the photography or the performance of it.

Li Wei
Aren’t these photos amazing?
This one is one of my favourites.
Li Wei
I know how hard it is to stay upright with water as a partial medium!
Li WeiSome of the photos can make you gasp.

Li Wei

Here he appears to be buried in the ground.

Is it any wonder that the artist says people do get a little worried about him?!

For another performer, you can visit The Hinge.