Shanghai, China based Inkee Wang has a background studying graphic design at Central Saint Martins and latterly animation at the prestigious Royal College of Art in London. Inkee creates illustrations fizzing with weird and wonderful narratives.
More recently, Inkee has been working with watercolors to add a textural representation to her characters. She is also working on improving her Cinema 4D skills, in an attempt to write a longer story and make an animation about it.
Jun Cen (previously featured here) is an award-wining illustrator and animator born in Guangzhou, China, a subtropical city with warm and humid weather. He received his MFA in Illustration degree from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2013. He is the Overall New Talent winner of the 2013 Association of Illustrators Award. His work has been recognized by The Society of Illustrators, American Illustration, 3×3 Illustration Competition and more.
His conceptual illustrations portray stories in clever and inventive ways. Cen’s cunning use of patterns to represent ice, stone, and fur is very innovative. Rather than drawing these textures by hand, he employs marbled and blotchy patterns that mimic the lighting and colors of these natural surfaces.
Xiaoyi Chen currently lives and works in UK and China. She received her MA in photography from the London College of Communications in 2014 and was awarded the LCC/Photofusion Prize. Chen’s work has been exhibited and published internationally.
Chen’s practice is tied to a natural, oriental aesthetic, influenced by Western abstract art and oriental philosophy. Photography is a personal tool for Chen, used to question broad concepts that migrate from the personal to the philosophical realm. Her recent work focuses on the combination of photography and printmaking, a combination of techniques used to explore beneath the surface of things by simplifying and abstracting; an approach aimed at reviving spiritual awareness and intuition before entering the symbolic nature of what we view.
Beijing, China-based Yang Maoyuan is well known for his large and diverse body of work encompassing painting, sculpture, photography and installation. He often explores the shapes and misshapes of human and animal bodies. His spherical horses and other bloated animals are widely known.
Guo Fengyi’s ink drawings of fantastical creatures are completely alive, as might be expected from an artist whose work began with studies of qi, or life-energy. Fengyi was born in Xi’an, central China, in 1942. She obtained her high school diploma in 1962 and found work in a rubber factory. However, severe bouts of arthritis forced her to give up her career at the age of thirty-nine. She turned to alternative medicine in the hope of alleviating her symptoms, and found a new spiritual path in Qi Gong.
She started experiencing visions in 1989, as a result of which she produced large numbers of drawings, first on the backs of pages from calendars, then later on rice paper. She worked with Indian ink and brushes, producing works up to five metres long, drawn with no initial plan in mind, discovering her own creation as she worked. The multitude of delicate lines form ghostly figures, dragons, phoenixes, and faces, sometimes interwoven, smiling and serene or terrifying and monstrous.
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: