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CATCHING THE “WAVE OF MATERIALS”: VIEWING ZHU JINSHI’S EPIC PAPER TUBE

Chinese artist Zhu Jinshi’s massive art installation at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (or LACMA) is a giant, imposing, vanilla-tinted wave. Made of traditional Chinese paper — about 8,000 sheets! – and suspended from the gallery ceiling with thicks string and weighted with ballast stones, Jinshi’s object possesses a light and airy feeling forged from the natural world. The overall shape is of a large wave that looks like it’s pitching forward in the final nanoseconds just as it’s about break. If you’re a surfer, you’d instantly recognize the shape as a “barreling” wave primed for a tube ride. The title suggest the form is not an accident: “Wave of Materials.” If you’re in L.A., go see it while you can.