Thursday, April 21, 2011

Hu Jieming

Hu Jieming, born in Shanghai in 1957, is a pioneer in his use of digital media and video installation art. In 1984 he graduated from the Fine Art Department of the Shanghai Light Industry College. His works have been exhibited around the world. One of his most famous pieces is his “Raft of the Medusa” (2002) “Raft of the Medusa” is a pastiche or homage of sorts of Theodore Gericault’s famous work that currently resides in the Louvre. However, the decrepit and delirious passengers of Gericault’s raft have been replaced by images of contemporary China, set adrift on a raft made of soda bottles. Juxtaposing past and present, Hu Jieming expresses a stark image of current-day China in an elegant yet alarming fashion.

Liang Yue

Liang Yue was born in Shanghai in 1979 and primarily works with photography. Through her work she attempts to traverse the realm between the familiar and the unfamiliar, concrete and abstract. Some of her more recent work such as “In Summer” (2005) and “On the Bridge” (2006) show realistic images of life in modern China. “In Summer” depicts a man and a woman in pajamas lounging on couches, watching television. She employs natural lighting greatly to her advantage, and presents an image of harsh, sometime foreboding realism. Liang Yue has a solo exhibition titled Numerous opening May 8th at the Wuwei Creative Space, DCA-Solo Space.

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