ZHONGWEN HU

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ZHONGWEN HU

5,000.00

DISCOURSE 1

ACRYLICS

20 IN. X 30 IN.

2016

 

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ZHONGWEN HU

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK

As an illustrator, exploration of social and political structures fascinates me a lot. For example, reading dystopian fictions like 1984 by George Orwell, which helped me think more about the issues of totalitarianism and dystopia after observing and contrasting the United States and China over the past three years. Another topic that I am interested in is Foucault's theory of power-discourse, which helps me relate to the articles on post-colonialism and post-modernism that I have been reading recently, such as Spiva "Can the Subaltern Speak?" These articles keep me digging at the questions about political movements and their influence not only on people but also the culture, economy and more, including the contradiction between humanity and urbanization. These ideas constantly influence my work. 

I'm also interested in surrealism and psychology topics that will be concentrated in my future work. The inspiration directly comes from daily life experience. By reproducing memories with strong emotions between family and friends, and important connections with people as well, I want to investigate the relationships between people. Thinking about the sex and character which penetrates into our life in multiple aspects, and the curiosity of uncovering the reasons for peoples' actions and the upcoming influence has always pushed me to make work that is both absurd and surreal while remaining universal enough to be accessed by anyone who chooses to. 

Influenced by Sigmund Freud's idea of subconscious and the idea of surrealism, my drawing style became more surrealistic, establishing metaphors and distortion of objects, suggesting notions of absurdity and melancholy, and formally unifying the single element to the whole image by learning from artists Salvador Dali, George Tooker, Lorenzo Mattotti, M. C. Escher, Shinji Kimura and Inoue Takehiko. Additionally, Edouard Vuillard, Henri Matisse, and Vincent Van Gogh have taught me how to create a beautiful color palette. I always want to make the illustration more than just illustration; I enjoy combining paintings theory that raising questions and expressing artists' own ideas with illustrations meet commercial needs. To me, making a beautiful picture is not my final intention; the pleasure of thinking and doubting is my real enjoyment. 

The medium that I'm currently involved in is acrylics and oil, and sometimes I do only black and white, unpolished, sketchy pencil drawings, all of which depend on the main topic I want to express. Preferring to explore the concepts, I'm more interested in developing the content and ideas than in the medium. I tend to use the simplest tools to create conceptual images.

 

DISCOURSE 1

ACRYLICS, 20 IN. X 30 IN., 2016

I think some people who have authority can be victims too since they have already done whatever they could due to the current situation. And there is no so-called truth; the only thing we can do is approach the essence infinitely.

Influenced by '1984', I am digging at the questions about political movements and their influence on people and power-discourse, including the contradiction between humanity and urbanization.