Chen Shaoxiong 陈邵雄

Chen Shaoxiong, born in 1962 in Guangdong and educated in the printmaking department of the Guangzhou Fine Art Academy, is a founding member of the Big Tail Elephant Collective, one of the most important artistic collectives in the history of contemporary Chinese art.

The artist’s conceptual work employs a variety of media, including photography, video, installation and ink painting, to investigate the dynamics of China’s rapidly changing cityscapes. Often set against the background of an imaginative or imaginary skyline, the artist records the hectic pace and absurdity of everyday existence: fragments from family life, political issues, rumors from the entertainment industry, restaurants, nightlife, and prostitution.

Chen Shaoxiong begins with the directness of media such as traditional ink painting and transforms it into technical media such as video; it is a combination of this and the uncomplicated manner in which the everyday confront more extraordinary issues of modern life that gives the work added import. Thematically, his work often deals with the rapidly urbanizing and constantly changing environments of his home province in southern China, the nature of the crowd, the dominance of the image, the aesthetics of globalization, and public or collective memory.

生于1962年的,面对中国社会的迅猛发展,陈劭雄将目光投向了变化日新月异的都市风景。其观念作品借助多样的媒体方式,包括照片、录像、装置以及水墨画等。艺术家将自己的 无限想象力和日常记录下的城市的狂躁节奏和荒谬现实相结合。家庭的生活片断、社会政治的敏感话题、来自娱乐业的聚餐、夜生活,甚至非法性交易等事件都成为 了艺术家所关注的题材。而且,艺术家将中国传统水墨画技法融入到了对题材的表现中形成了其独特的创作特点。同时,艺术家还将传统水墨画与新媒体技术结合, 例如制作水墨题材的录像。由于陈邵雄将现代生活中不断显现的复杂话题以一种并不复杂且易理解的艺术表现方式呈现,因此这也为其作品带来了更加重要的艺术地位。

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