I don't know for how much longer we will get to enjoy summer, so here's a special post to celebrate summer dresses. This one is comfortable and the animal print gives it a little edge, which I like. Love wearing hats.
Spending a delightful weekend morning at an arts festival.
Sunglasses-Dolce & Gabanna, dress-Moda International, handbag-Fendi, sandals-Nicole, straw hat
And now how about some art...
|Wood, 2007, acrylic on canvas|
Xi Zhang explores issues of identity in expressionistic paintings that are unsettling and mysterious. Fragmented faces with enigmatic stares are combined with blankets of decorative detailing made out of Chinese characters, reflecting the artist's cultural heritage.
|Forest, 2007, acrylic on canvas|
Xi Zhang moved to the United States at age nineteen from China and attended the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design and the University of Colorado at Boulder. He has received many well deserved accolades including being voted one of "12 Best Colorado Artists Under 35" by the Denver Post and most recently the artist was selected by the committee for Platform 5280, Denver's Biennial of the Americas, to be the official Denver participant and representative URRA, an Argentine artist residency program.
|The Silence of Nosy, 2007, acrylic on canvas|
He represents the "collective experience" as a homogenous zombie-like multitude that appears to be in a trance. Are there political connotations? What are they looking at? Are they suffering? The artist states, "Every person I paint is the same person, the one true person. By covering the faces of all the figures, clothing them similarly and masking out their hair, I hope to isolate human energy and reveal the essence of collected experience."
|“AS01E03”, 2012, acrylic on golden leaf|
While not as dramatic, I am particularly fond of a series of small paintings inspired by 14th-century Chinese works. Old and new, East and West, come together in cleverly represented vignettes. Zhang pushes this juxtaposition of imagery and ideas further by adding racial elements, such as the dark-skinned woman posing coquettishly for the phone camera.
|“AS01E04”, 2012, acrylic on wood-panel|
|“AS01E02”, 2012, acrylic on linen|
Xi Zhang comments on contemporary society's addiction to technology in works such as the artist's homage to Chinese erotic paintings with pixelated areas covering the nude bodies, as well as his scrolls of Angry Birds and "graffiti calligraphy". "I'm always trying to find an original and different voice," he said. "Because right now I'm in the United States and I'm looking back at this (Chinese) art, I feel it is so refreshing, maybe because of the distance."
|“Angry Birds II & Califfiti II”, 2012, acrylic on traditional Chinese scroll|
Xi Zhang is undoubtedly one of the most promising Chinese artists I have seen in the last ten years. With the continuing boom of Chinese contemporary art his timing could not be better. Denverite friends, Xi Zhang's work can currently be seen at Plus Gallery, so make sure you stop by.
Until next time fashionistas and art lovers!
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