Defying Gravity: Li Wei’s Impossible Photography Art

Li Wei was born in 1970 in Hubei and was educated in Beijing, China, where he also lives now. He organized solo and collective exhibitions and they were all a great success because of the new dimension he gave to modern art. His imagination knows no limits and his works of art are truly amazing, some even disturbing, but none of the less spectacular and different. Only by looking at Li Wei’s photos you get sucked in a world of fantasy and unlimited possibilities. As a tribute to his work we present his 39 most famous and incredible photos of his creations. At the end of this post, you can find some work scenes and videos on how he creates some of these works.

XuanXuan 13

XuanXuan 13

XuanXuan 11

XuanXuan 11

XuanXuan 10

XuanXuan 10

XuanXuan 4

XuanXuan 4

XuanXuan 1

XuanXuan 1

Arrow of Love

Arrow of Love

Balloons 2

Balloons 2

Boxing

Boxing

Entrance

Entrance

F Ree Dais

F Ree Dais

Live at the High Place 6

Live at the High Place 6

Love at the High Place 2

Love at the High Place 2

Live at the High Place 5

Live at the High Place 5

Live at the High Place 2

Live at the High Place 2

Love Meets 22m

Love Meets 22m

Love Meets 15m

Love Meets 15m

Never Say Failure

Never Say Failure

Bright Apex

Bright Apex

Li Wei falls to France

Li Wei falls to France

Hand

Hand

A Pause for Humanity

A Pause for Humanity

Love at the High Place 1

Love at the High Place 1

Love at the High Place 2

Love at the High Place 2

Love at the High Place 3

Love at the High Place 3

Liwei Falls to the Ice Hole

Liwei Falls to the Ice Hole

29 Levels of Freedom

29 Levels of Freedom

Liwei Falls to the Earth

Liwei Falls to the Earth

Hold Me Up, Trwad On Me

Hold Me Up, Trwad On Me

Road Roller on the Ground

Road Roller on the Ground

Green Guy · Flag

Green Guy · Flag

Many Hearts Hold the Moon

Many Hearts Hold the Moon

Dream-Like Love 1

Dream-Like Love 1

Dream-Like Love 2

Dream-Like Love 2

Love at the Ribbons

Love at the Ribbons

Bullet

Bullet

Liwei Falls to 2009.07.27

Liwei Falls to 2009.07.27

Red Ribbon

Red Ribbon

Live at the High Place 1

Live at the High Place 1

Bright Apex

Bright Apex

 
The contemporary artist Li Wei defies gravity by his work and by the new reality he creates. Far from being easy, Li Wei doesn’t stand aside from jumping into the sea, flinging himself outdoors through the windows or on the ceiling, all for the sake and love of art. People are often shocked by his actions and by the results he achieves in his photos. By using mirrors, camera lenses, steel wires and old school acrobatics, he creates unique icons of contemporary conceptions. The symbolism in his art is very strong and it is meant to familiarize the new world more with the physical limits with the psychological adjustment of the contemporary life, especially in the regions of China, connecting the present with the present and future. Here are a couple of scenes from Li Wei’s workflow and two videos that will amaze you.

Work Scene1

Work Scene1

Work Scene2

Work Scene2

Work Scene3

Work Scene3

Work Scene4

Work Scene4

Work Scene5

Work Scene5

Work Scene6

Work Scene6

Work Scene7

Work Scene7

 

 

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22 Responses:

  1. Gajendra says:

    Very interesting images.
    I like it.

    ( 2 years and 1790 days ago )
  2. roger d says:

    Looks pretty cheap too me..his creation skills are interesting, but his photography skills suck. Wow i can Erase Wires With Photoshop!

    More evidence that China has advanced to the middle class but unsophisticated “wow look @ that” Disneyland phase. 1 billion more selfish consumers of throwaway junk.

    The environment is doomed.

    ( 2 years and 1789 days ago )
  3. Patryk says:

    Amazing stuff. Love it!

    ( 2 years and 1789 days ago )
  4. ClintBartson says:

    Roger, the point is that he does not use photoshop. Tool.

    ( 2 years and 1789 days ago )
  5. Zachariah Granville says:

    I assume these aren’t using photoshop…?

    ( 2 years and 1789 days ago )
  6. roger d says:

    Get your head out of your ass and see it for what it is. Point and click photography has been done and can be achieved by anyone gifted with “an eye” for that sort of thing. Unique concepts are much more interesting, and yes his photography skills may not be that good, but a good photograph is about the subject and thoughts that it provokes, not how technically correct it is.

    ( 2 years and 1789 days ago )
  7. Omar kamel says:

    Actually, he DOES use photoshop. Maybe not to make the people ‘fly’ – but at the very least to erase all the wires, etc. Therefore, these ARE manipulated photos, and I agree that they’re all kind of cheap.

    ( 2 years and 1789 days ago )
  8. W. Li says:

    Roger you are an asshole if you don’t like it move on

    ( 2 years and 1789 days ago )
  9. Ranba Ral says:

    At least this is more interesting than 90% of the photographs I’ve seen in the past few years. F HDR

    ( 2 years and 1789 days ago )
  10. adrian says:

    Roger D you are the epitome of keyboard warrior. Get off your butt and do something for the world instead of spewing your hate

    ( 2 years and 1789 days ago )
  11. Ashish Chauhan says:

    Simply Terrific…

    ( 2 years and 1789 days ago )
  12. Elvis Gump says:

    I’m a bit disappointed to know these aren’t some kind of magic and alchemy because I couldn’t see how Photoshop wasn’t involved, but they are awesome none the less. It will be interesting to see what else he does with this as an idea because once he gets past just the humor inherent in them the technical process could make amazingly lyrical yet impossible photographs possible.

    In someways he reminds me of Duane Michals stuff although Michals only did some fairly modest in-camera tricks by comparison, but the way Li Wei is doing some sequences of photographs like Michals did could lend itself to telling a phantasmagorical story.

    The rule of thumb is do you want to see more than these? And the answer is enthusiastically and emphatically YES!

    ( 2 years and 1789 days ago )
  13. Dan says:

    Photoshop or not I enjoyed the photos

    ( 2 years and 1788 days ago )
  14. dave says:

    how do you create the ‘XuanXuan 1′ photo? is it one background with multiple layers added on top?
    thanks

    ( 2 years and 1784 days ago )
  15. PONCHO says:

    roger = noob

    ( 2 years and 1774 days ago )
  16. Digital Extreme Media Group says:

    This is awsum. Great work, thanks for posting.

    ( 2 years and 1742 days ago )
  17. Scott says:

    If I were going to hang off a building, I’d want the safety rope secured to something better than just “that one guy’s hand.”

    ( 2 years and 1734 days ago )
  18. David says:

    lol its still cool no matter what u tool bags say XD

    ( 2 years and 1720 days ago )
  19. Geeoo says:

    Well, I have met the guy in person in Hong Kong at No. 10 Chancery Gallety which represents him. Li Wei is an interesting artist and IMHO produces quality art. perhaps, becuse his name is Li Wei and not John Smith he is not considered a-la-par with western conterparts.
    Nevertheless he does good stuff and don’t forget that behind every picture there is a LOT of work and expenses coming along. So, kudos to him and to all artists who are having this brilliant ideas to entartain us!

    ( 2 years and 1576 days ago )
  20. Wateva says:

    Geeeeeeo, grow up and stop being insecure about being an asian arist. Chinese artists are completley respected these days and young artists get much higher prices than there western counterpart. Time to stop acting like the victim of so much racist. Just be yourself.

    ( 2 years and 1548 days ago )
  21. ketones says:

    This Chinese artist really know how to make people laugh

    looking at the art work really brighten up my day

    haemophilus influenzae |
    ketones

    ( 2 years and 1524 days ago )
  22. Sean martinsville says:

    This must involve photo shop tricks. Awesome post and incredibly funny!

    ( 2 years and 1093 days ago )

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