Kwan Sheung Chi, Lilies, 12 different branches of artificial lilies, Dimension variable, 2012

Image courtesy of the Artist and Edouard Malingue Gallery
Photo by Zhang Hong

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Tong Wenmin, Hover, Video, Color, Sound, 6’00”, 2017

2017.03.09, Hongbai Town, Sichuan Province, China.
I picked up the remains of an old eagle under a water tower. It fell
from the sky, a long time ago. I extended the wings along my arms . I connect myself with the eagle and walk around and make impromptu movements in my daily living environment.

Geng Jianyi, Eternal Rays of The Sun, Oil on canvas, 195×133cm×5, 1992

Eternal Rays of the Sun series were works Geng Jianyi has prepared specifically for the 1993 Venice Biennale. The work may seem to embody the “political pop” style, when in fact the artist’s emphasis was not to highlight the red, bright and glorious background of the Cultural Revolution and its representation of the farmers, worker, and soldiers class. Instead, it concealed a visual game where the center of each painting consists of the shifting foci of the group photograph on the backside of the 5 yuan bill. As if these paintings are five fixed frames of an animation, the radiant background could thus be taken out of the political myth and be restored to its initial impetus in visual design. In this sense, this work was meant to disenchant, rather than creating a myth to demystify, it confronted the experiences of a time through an individual’s everyday sentiments, this was the ingenuity Geng Jianyi has preserved throughout his lifetime.

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