Chinese artist Shang Chengxiang’s compositions have a realistic foundation in which he inserts surreal, thick colored clouds, leaving you to interpret the limit among consciousness and unconsciousness. Dream plays a crucial role in his works. Psychedelic colors, absurd settings, lunar landscapes, his paintings are overflowing by imagination.
His paintings are often a mixture of memories of his dreams and pondering of his reality and things that are in between. The colorful cloud smoke in his “Cloud Path” series derive from the rainbow-color forest that once appeared in his dream; many drafts and attempts later, the artist couldn’t recreate the scene, the illusionary quality of dreams started to sink into Chengxiang’s mind.
Combining colors with clouds in his paintings, together with surreal and dream like images, Shang Chengxiang leads his audiences to a world of unexpected. He compares this illusionary quality of dreams to the evaporating quality of cloud and smoke, both temporary and unobtainable.
Chen Yingjie, aka Hua Tunan finished a large cheetah mural titled, “Splatter Ink Cheetah”. With its rich colors and details combining various techniques, Tunan is becoming a well recognized Chinese street artist that borrows from both the East and the West to redefine his own style.
Watch David Choe scour through Detroit and Cleveland with folks Scrapping to survive. People are literally ripping apart old schools, homes, hospitals and factories for raw materials to sell to local scrap yards for cash. Scrap metal being one of the biggest US exports to China, has an interesting life cycle that often starts from places like Detroit and Cleveland. David Choe as correspondent for VICE explores the situation on the ground and looks into the life cycle of scrap metal “from the people who risk their lives to find it, to the yards that buy it, all the way to the Chinese traders who take it back home to build their economy”.
VICE episode 13 will air Friday, March 28th, 8PM EST/ 11PM PST on HBO and available HBO On Demand starting March 29th, 2014.
Since 2005, performance artist Liu Bolin pursues the art of disappearing in plain sight. His installations of optical illusions are a collaborative effort, where he becomes the canvas for others to paint until he becomes invisible. Take a look:
We are excited by the latest news about San Francisco gallerist, Cheryl Haines’ organizing a site-specific installation on Alcatraz by the prominent Chinese activist-artist, Ai Weiwei. Ai, who is forbidden from leaving China, has been commissioned by the For-Site Foundation, which will help develop a 6 part installation on the Rock, based on information Haines has delivered to his studio in Beijing. “At Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz,” which will touch on the history of imprisonment on the island, will run from Sept. 27, 2014, through April 26, 2015. They are anticipating at least 1.5million views of the free show based on the number of visitors who visit the island each year.
Site specific installation will take place at various parts of the island that are like this:
Oh, why did you move to the countryside so you could avoid the world, and electricity, and running water, and the Internet, and anything that has to do with the cut n’paste, collage culture that we know live in that we call post-supermodernity aka the end of the world? It was this video you say…
You know, just another day where Chinese police show off a new crowd control weapon, the giant fork, during a drill in Beijing. Nobody is occupying anything after seeing this… this is also called “the mess you are now in.” (via)