HAO NI | Ghost Hit Wall

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE > May 7, 2015

HAO NI
Ghost Hit Wall

HAO NI, night drawing (2012) graphite on paper, 18” x 14
HAO NI, night drawing (2012) graphite on paper, 18” x 14

HAO NI | Ghost Hit Wall
June 11 – July 19, 2015

Opening Reception:
Saturday, June 13, 6PM – 9PM

Gallery Hours:
Thursday + Friday, 3PM – 8PM
Saturday + Sunday, 12PM – 5PM
Other Days by Appointment

“One time I was shrimp fishing with some friends in the mountains and we got hungry, so we decided to drive to the next town over to hit up a night market, which was like 10 minutes away.

So we were just having a good time, joking around in the car when we realized that the CD started to repeat but we hadn’t come across the next town yet. It was at this point that I also realized we had never seen another car on the road the whole time. If you looked out the window, it was just rows of sheet metal houses on one side and farmlands on the other. So we kept talking until my friend noticed that the clock and the gas gage hadn’t moved, and we all started to get nervous.

My friend kept driving while we stared out the window. Everything looked so bleak: the houses and farms kept passing but something was missing… There was no one outside — no lights, no animals, nothing — and things felt, for a lack of better word: dead.

By this time the fear set in, and we started arguing about what to do. Some insisted on pulling over to seek directions from one of the houses, but I just felt like that was a bad idea because, you know, in every horror movie that’s like the last thing you want to do. I told them that we were not running out of time and gas, so we should just keep moving. After about 40 minutes of silence, we finally arrived at the town.

We talked to some people there and we asked them for directions back to our town. The answer was always the same: there was only one road, the road we came on, the one through the mountains…which was weird because we didn’t see any mountains at all.

We finished eating, and we just sat in the car for a long time, because no one wanted to get back on that road again. We prayed before we headed back, hoping that this time the road would be a different one.”

Yellow Peril Gallery is pleased to present “Ghost Hit Wall” by Hao Ni, featuring an eclectic series of video, mixed media installations, sculptures, and drawings from June 11 – July 19, 2015. The opening reception is Saturday, June 13 from 6PM – 9PM.

“Ghost Hit Wall” is the literal translation of “鬼打牆”, the Mandarin Chinese expression of getting lost, going in a circle and not being able to get out. “The idea is that when traveling in remote areas, a person is obstructed by walls that ghosts have placed in front of them, thus forcing that person to wander in endless circles,” says Ni. “People also use this term to describe problems with no real solution.”

The works featured in “Ghost Hit Wall” are infused with visual information that encourages viewers to contemplate what it is like to get lost in the various shapes, patterns, words and clues on display. Through organizing, manipulating, repeating, and translating everyday objects and scenarios, the exhibition excavates the different material layers in life to examine the tension, dread and uncertainty under the duress of continuously accelerating time.

The opening reception for “Ghost Hit Wall” is Saturday, June 13, from 6PM – 9PM.  The exhibition will be on display until Sunday, July 19, 2015. This is Hao Ni’s second solo exhibition at Yellow Peril Gallery. The first was “Proximity” in 2013.

About Hao NI
HAO NI was born in 1989 in Hsin Chu, Taiwan. He received his MFA in Sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2014. He has exhibited his work in group and solo shows in Providence, New York, Chicago, Miami, and Taipei, including venues like Taipei Fine Arts Museum in Taiwan, Queens Museum in New York, and New Bedford Art Museum in Massachusetts. For more information about Hao Ni, visit haoishao.com.

About Yellow Peril Gallery
Founded in 2011, YELLOW PERIL GALLERY is a contemporary art gallery located at The Plant, a historic mill complex in the Olneyville neighborhood of Providence, Rhode Island. The Gallery fosters modern art critiques on popular culture and society from emerging, mid-career and established artists in the United States and abroad. Our inventory comprises of works of art from critically-acclaimed artists who have been featured in biennials and museum exhibitions, participated in top tier art fairs and acquired by private collectors worldwide. Artists that we represent share our commitment to social responsibility, and 10% from the sale of all artwork is donated to a charitable organization of the Artists’ choice. For more info about future exhibitions, visit www.yellowperilgallery.com.

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If you’d like more information about this press release, or to schedule an interview with HAO NI, please contact Vanphouthon Souvannasane at +1 917 655 1497 or via e-mail at van@yellowperilgallery.com.