Posts Tagged ‘art labor’
:: Alexandra Diez De Rivera will be at ART LABOR for a solo exposition of new photographs titled CAMALEON: a series of provocative, engaging images featuring some of Shanghai’s most notoriously visible scenesters disguised in a lot of paint. The show runs from April 18 to May 9. There will be an opening party this Saturday at ART LABOR from 5 – 10 P.M. (36 Yongjia Rd., close to Shanxi Nan Rd. map here). Check out the making of CAMALEON here. // AjS
Chen Hangfeng arranges the logos of the world’s brands into traditional Chinese patterns with a modern twist. As an ancient woodcarver might have used the bird he observed in his daily life, Chen Hangfeng takes the symbols in our daily view and incorporates them into his art, creating works from normally mundane corporate logos of our times. Notable art critic Karen Smith has recently commissioned works by him.
Working along these lines of appropriation and reapplication, Chen Hangfeng has over some months collected various objects out of garbage collection and redistribution centers around Shanghai. Out of these he has built a “Chandelier” from discards, discovering much about the system of garbage reclamation and trade in a city which “produces” 20,000 tons of refuse a day. Juxtaposing his art craft with the disposable nature of most mass production or even luxury goods – in a country renowned for being the world’s factory – is not meant as ironic commentary, but intends to illustrate the complex layers behind the processes in our daily lives and the layers of application of value to an object at various phases of use.