Termite March, Shanghai

@ddmwarehouse during the 2002 Shanghai Bienniel

This piece was done in collaboration with Zhao Gang.
Inspired by Shanghai's bamboo construction scaffolds, Shelley built this structure with native bamboo and plastic tie wraps he bought from some construction workers at a building site near the gallery. The work is similar to other Shelley Tunnel pieces but covered with a translucent skin and lit from within like a paper lantern. During a video-taped performance, Gang painted the skin, working inside the tunnel, while Shelley completed the bamboo construction at the end. The video monitors displayed the goings on inside the tunnel, but otherwise the images appeared on the surface as if painted by a phantom brush.

Review in Art in America