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That's For Your Own Good

Art's Response to the Age of Materialism Author: Huang Zhuan Feb,2000

In Wei Guangqing's work, cultural memory is more like a vessel.  The historic images almost compose a visual coordinate.  In Five Elements—Golden Fate, he juxtaposes the figures of the new age and Yin Yang icon in the style of Pop art, producing a fantastic fatalistic relation between these images, distortedly stating the psychological conflicts and complicated value-relations in the society of a one-dimensional personality.  The work seems to warn that, in a completed Hedonism and consumerism era, people have to keep the fear of the ignorant.  Wei Guangqing used to be one of the representatives of "Cultural Pop" painters in the 1990s.  His recent work continues the image of Pop style, but enforces the direct statement of the current life experience and life style, pointing to the cultural metaphor with more empirical social basis.


Selected from "That's For Your Own Good—Art's Response to the Age of Materialism" - "Society: Shang He Art Museum Academic Invitation Exhibition"
Edited by Lin Sophia Ma, September 2007

Related Artists:
WEI GUANGQING 魏光庆

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