The Beijing-based contemporary artist’s first solo exhibition features a new series of paintings and an immersive installation which explore the ripples of the information explosion and the consequential loss of existential substance, a side effect of our indulgence of modern advancements.
Our current informational environment has grown beyond the perceptive capabilities of humans. Images, videos, and graphics are now inherently embedded within every corner of an expanding online universe, the amount of which is seemingly endless. As both contributors and users, our individual roles are infinitesimal in its macro overview, and we could spend countless hours attempting to discover its entire extent. Yet, through the motion of what the artist describes as “coupling”, it is our very interaction with these innumerable factors – in all their unpredictable variations — that generates the energy that drives its exponential evolution.
Comprised of appropriated imagery digitally compounded with organic forms, ZhongWei‘s paintings barely remain within the confines of their surface. As popular Internet icons manifest left and right, the uninhibited and near apocalyptic chaos portrayed within each composition consumes its canvas with monstrous momentum. The artist’s vivid use of color fills the surrounding environment with vitality and tingling anticipation. Paradoxically, the artworks evoke both excitement and anxiety and through this Zhong comments on the human fascination of pursuing the infinite despite getting lost within it.
When: 28 Sep 2019 - 16 Nov 2019
Where: de Sarthe, 20/F, Global Trade Square – 21 Wong Chuk Hang Road – Wong Chuk Hang