You Are The Star
You Are the Star is a solo exhibition by New York-based artist Weina Li, featuring a collection of installations that weaves light, soundscape, and technology with the ethereal presence of nature. Li engages scientific principles with emotional investment, crafting scenes of intimacy and introspection within the precise aesthetic of scientific equipment. The exhibition invites viewers to hold, activate, and experience the flow of the natural world in the form of touch, sound, light, and the interconnectedness of our existence.
This is a garden, where nature is subdued, ordered and distilled. This is a labyrinth, a diagram of longings, a temple floating in ethereal water. This is a study, a lab in research of beauty and poetry. It invites you to slow down, to see words dilated under microscope, to feel grass caressing the soles of your feet, and to form kinship with soil, seeds, and flower petals. This is a portal, a glimpse of the universe where the telescope gazes back. Your face lit with crescents and glimmering light, each person a point of light linked by unseen lines. This is an orbit of hexagon, a symphony of divine proportions, a space that sums up all preceding space and a convergence of all preceding sounds. Each music stand possesses a unique tune. Each object holds a secret vibration. Your physical presence activates the cacophony of the cosmic symphony.
About the Artist
Weina Li (lives and works in New York) received a MFA in Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts in 2022, and a BFA from the Academy of Art University in 2018. Her work has been the subject of solo exhibitions, You Are The Star, ChaShaMa, New York, NY (2023). The Butterfly of Styx River, Chinatown Soup, New York, NY (2020). Li’s recent residency includes ChaNorth, Pine Plains, NY (2023). The Hortus Spring Residency, Stone Ridge, NY (2023). Li is the author of You Are The Star published in 2022 at Printed Matter.
About the Curator
Suyi Xu is an artist based in Brooklyn, New York. Xu earned her B.A. in Art History from Barnard College (New York) and her M.F.A. from the School of Visual Arts (New York) in 2022. Xu’s work has been exhibited in the U.S., Europe, and Asia, including solo exhibition All that is Solid Melts into Air (Fou Gallery, New York, 2022), group exhibitions at Fortnight Institute (New York, 2023), Parent Company Gallery (New York, 2023), Gallery Func (Shanghai, 2023), Galerie Hussenot (Paris, 2022), and A.I.R. Gallery (New York, 2021).