2007.6.29 - 7.30
Me, The Picture Maker
An Exhibition of New Paintings by Jianwei Fong
Mr. Jianwei Fong brings a witty, critical and sometimes cynical point of view to his art. He attributes his unique approach to art-making to his dual identities as an outsider and insider, arisen from living in the U.S. and China.
The upcoming exhibition, Me, The Picture Maker, is his second solo show in Shanghai. Using advertising billboards and blown-up website pages as backdrops, Jianwei juxtaposes these in-your-face visual information with imageries drawn directly from Chinese landscape paintings, cultural symbols and traditionally depicted objects. He combines these seemingly conflicting elements into large paintings that question the aesthetic and cultural value in the context of a fast changing society. As Jianwei describes it, "The current economic explosion and Western pop culture constantly shift traditional Chinese values. I'm trying to capture this moment as contemporary Chinese cultural identity is in the process of being defined." As he tries to grasp what this new identity is, Jianwei also defines himself through his art.
by Anita Luu