The 13th Floor

The Butchered Art of Cao Hui

Artist Cao Hui’s “Visual Temperature” art exhibit looks like something you would expect to find in Leatherface’s living room, not in a museum.

<i>Image Credit: Cao Hui/Lin & Lin Gallery</i>
Image Credit: Cao Hui/Lin & Lin Gallery

His work aims to look beyond the surface, and in this case, beyond the surface of innocent items like jackets and sofas is guts, blood, and viscera.

<i>Image Credit: Cao Hui/Lin & Lin Gallery</i>
Image Credit: Cao Hui/Lin & Lin Gallery

Using mixed materials including resin and fiber, Hui’s sculptures include outerwear that looks to be made of human skin, and furniture that appears to be upholstered in the same.

The overstuffed chair explodes at the seams with viscera:

<i>Image Credit: Cao Hui/Lin & Lin Gallery</i>
Image Credit: Cao Hui/Lin & Lin Gallery

A travel case is packed with gore:

<i>Image Credit: Cao Hui/Lin & Lin Gallery</i>
Image Credit: Cao Hui/Lin & Lin Gallery

A “human skin” jacket hasn’t been properly cleaned:

<i>Image Credit: Cao Hui/Lin & Lin Gallery</i>
Image Credit: Cao Hui/Lin & Lin Gallery

“I think artists really want to play god more than anything else,” Hui says in his mission statement… which begs the question: what form of god does this particular artist envision for himself? Perhaps he’d feel more at home among HELLRAISER’s Cenobites than with Leatherface and his clan? Maybe that question is better left unanswered…

Visit the Lin & Lin Gallery to view more of Cao Hui’s grotesque creations.

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