Photographer Hong Lei, who was born in 1960 in Changzhou, Jiangsu Province, fuses a variety of photographic techniques, including digital collage and hand dyeing. Drawing on the painting style of the Song Dynasty, which utilized round silk fans, Hong updates these familiar historical works by juxtaposing traditional elements with tropes and techniques drawn from advertising. One of his familiar symbols, for example, is taken from the popularity of bird imagery in Song Dynasty paintings--but Hong's birds are dead, and depicted in the super-slick, digitized language of a fashion ad. When asked about the meaning behind his grim symbols, Hong drops Martin Heidegger's quote, "I face reality with my eyes closed tight." This in-depth monograph includes essays by critics Li Xianting and Zhu Qi and artist Liu Ding.
|Publisher:||Blue Kingfisher/Today Art Museum|
|Product dimensions:||10.75(w) x 14.25(h) x (d)|
About the Author
Chinese conceptualist Hong Lei is perhaps best known for his elusive photo-based works that appropriate the iconography of ancient Chinese painting. Born in 1960 in Changzhou, China, Hong began as a painter, heavily influenced by both Baselitz and Kokoschka. Still working in his home city, the artist has not entirely abandoned his early inclinations, but in his recent work has insightfully fused traditional Chinese motifs with Western esthetic strategies.