b. 1983, China
Unfinished home, 2016
58.5 x 97.5 x 3 cm
Unfinished Home is part of Cai Lei’s earliest series of works of the same name, comprising concrete hallways of various dimensions and pathways that simultaneously protrude and recede depending on the viewer’s position in relation to the work.
The utilisation of architectural cement brings to focus the flatness of its two-dimensional foundation, which Cai Lei has expressed to be profoundly more important to him than space and volume. This juxtaposition between the two and three dimensional creates a unique tension within the viewer’s experienced reality, its effect further heightened by Cai Lei’s deliberate usage of light to create an illusion of depth.