Unmask Group are the creators of this unique sculptures. The group is a trio of Beijing-based artists: Liu Zhan, Kuang Jun and Tan Tianwei. The team met at Central Academy of Fine Arts and they have been producing sculptural work since 2001.
The artistic trio known has managed to not only sculpturally honor the human form, but to add a new twist to its visual appeal by subtracting redundant parts from the sculptures. Their series entitled Flash Memory also features the figures of horses that employ the same deleting technique.
These seemingly incomplete stainless steel works show figures in a state of dissolution or perhaps just the opposite, emergence. Regardless, the delicate lines and smooth curves left by the absence of materials make them appear almost sensual.
The almost-abstract figures leave just enough of the sculpture intact to make the solid figure clear. It’s the exclusion of certain parts that add a hint of intrigue. There is also an odd oneness to each sculpture that allows the human figures to melt into and meld with the horse’s form. It’s hard to tell where one entity ends and the other begins.