Chris Berens

The Bao Brothers

mixed media on panel
26 x 18 cm 2022

The Bao brothers have been taking a sabbatical. They were just fed up and they had it up to here. They needed a fix. A hook. A fresh start. They felt their brain function was slowly deteriorating, their muscle strength and motor skills were weakening and their stress level had reached an all-time high.

So they left the province of Shanxi to their west, Henan to the south, Shandong to the southeast and Liaoning to the northeast, as well as the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region to the north and sat down.

It’s been two years now and what this is what they’ve come up with. Balls. So far, they’ve made three. Their plan was to start rotating two or more balls repeatedly in the paw. Intended to improve their finger dexterity, relaxation of their paws, at the same time aid in the recovery of muscle strength and motor skills, further exercise paw muscles, improve their brain function and reduce stress. And it would have worked if their hands weren’t so damn small.

THE BAO BROTHERS are looking for solutions. They know that in the problem lies the solution, but they now know that the problem of only looking at the solution is that one quite easily creates a new problem. And by only focusing on the problem, it will get bigger.

What they have learned is that when looking for solutions, one needs first to locate and define the problem. And to keep their eyes on the problem. And to transform the problem, into the solution.

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