245 Drops combines the artist's exploration of time and space in an exceptional way: even though a two dimensional video piece, it creates a sense of sculpture within a digital frame. We see a plain space - a piece of paper - take on a sculptural density while we watch the artist trace a ruler over and over again in pencil. The effect is a mosaic of angular fragments that give the appearance of airy depth and solid wall simultaneously.
Sui Jianguo is one of China's pre-eminent contemporary artists. Professor of Sculpture at the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, he is part of the first generation of artists to emerge at the end of the Cultural Revolution in 1976, characterised by the endeavor to rethink Chinese national heritage.
His most famous works - the Mao Jackets, his large plastic toy dinosaur or the "Made in China" lettering - all tell a tale of a nation that is rapidly forming a new identity in a capitalist global market while still dealing with the political reality and aesthetic of its recent past.