2019/04/27 - 2019/07/21
Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan 

In Ambush, artist Ni Hao presents new sculptures and installations which explore various systems and structures of power, speed and violence that are produced within geopolitics and resonate in everyday life. Many of the works are extensions of objects that are designed to effectively destroy, manipulate or control, such as guns, credit cards and machines. Musical instruments are also taken as constructions to process the aggressive effects of such structural mechanisms.

Two interactive plastic card shooting machines transform part of the exhibition space into a shooting range, as an interpretation of the ruthlessness that is enacted through the global financial system. A wind instrument machine powered by air compressors, accompanied by videos made in collaboration with professional drummers, studies the impact of movement, speed, and force through sound. Lastly, there are sculptures based on various armed conflicts that have taken place globally in recent years. Through these articulations, the work attempts to crystallize different violence in concrete forms

related items: 

exhibition guide
exhibition catalogue

work list: 

White rice & Fried Rice
Dyed HDPE plastic, wax, rubber, burnt photographs, burnt found objects, resin inside wooden frame
61 cm x 91 cm

router, motors, censors and other hardwares inside fiberglass, printed or spray painted PVC cards, steel, plastic, wood, unfired clay, store bought glasswares and ceramicwares, office tables and chairs, telephones, fake laptops and cellphones
700cm x 360cm x 300cm

half-broken flat screen TVs, recorded and found Go Pro videos
approximately 250cm x 450cm

rice bridge & smoke party
2015 ~ 2019
HDPE plastic, wax, rubber and engraved glass in plastic bowls; ash, ashtrays, cigarettes, acrylic paint, steel, matches dimension variable

Breath I, II & III
embossed, gold and silver foil stamped and printed PVC plastic cards, aluminum, steel and plastic hardwares, servo    
motors and other machine parts and sensors
approximately 135 cm x 86cm x 20cm each

Structure Study V
plastic recorder flutes, bamboo flutes, cow horns, plastic toy trumpets, Chinese mouth organs, PVC pipes, air compressors, pneumatic hoses, solenoid air valves with timers
approximately 190cm x 250cm x 250cm

2015 ~ 2016
enamel paint, lead solder, and magnets on cast  plastic airplaneand space shuttles inside of fluorescent light lightboxes

61cm x 122cm x 15cm each

Fresh ttears, hot blood, wet kisses

car letters and emblems pressed into industrial air filter apprixmately 61 cm x 107 cm x 13 cm 

Structure Study VI
3 drummers mimic and perform series of  youtube videos; multi-channel videos projected on walls
size variable,

video play time 25:00 minutes

Negotiation of Desire (flags),
acrylic paint on acrylic glass,

approximately 80cm x 80cm x 220cm each

Tears (tissue holders from the 911 Memorial Museum)
steel, wood, tissue paper

90cm x 25cm x 30cm each

Desert of the Real,
wooden table with steel legs, fluorescent lights powered by Tesla coils sand, AR15 hand guards, counterfeit ISIS coins 
approximately 600 cm x 300 cm x 100 cm 

embroidered shirts on razor wires,
approximately 220 cm x 120 cm

oil on canvas 
145.5 × 97cm each

HDPE plastic, wax, rubber, resin and embroidered clothes on wooden pedestal.
162.6 cm  x 71.1 cm x 71.1 cm