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Author: Wei Guangqing 2000

In searching for recent works, they are mostly chosen by observing the realities of China from a sociological angle with cultural memory acting as a kind of receptacle. Taking historical image resources, I can employ them as a visual means of expression toward contemporary issues. In the works I place the portraits of new people of this generation alongside portraits of people from the past as well as the material consumer goods worshipped by the people of today together with classical graphic representations, to realize parallel juxtaposition in a Pop style. In this way, a bizarre fatalistic connection between the images is created dramatically stating the complicated values and mental conflicts of a one-dimensional personality society. The works adopt a conceptual approach to record some remnants of heroic illusion amongst a fully materialized society and at the same time tell us that in this era of abundant hedonism and consumerism, people must retain an awe toward unknown objects.

October 10, 2000

Edited by Lin Sophia Ma, September 2007

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