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XU ZHEN® 徐震®
b. 2013, works and lives in Shanghai
XU ZHEN® 徐震®
Oil on canvas

“Passion”, a series of paintings with abstract expressionist style on the surface, is not only a derivative of smart social media but also a representation of daily life on the Internet. They are based on a great invention - screen capture on mobile phones. All pictures are translated from screenshots of WeChat conversation - that is, all kinds of cropped and smeared conversation screenshots that we constantly forward across different WeChat groups every day.

The artist retains the "cropping" structure when painting, some can see the "avatar", while others don't. The free writing with abstract expressionistic style, not only highlights the traces of "smearing" when forwarding, but also pours all kinds of emotions which are often seen in chatroom into the picture vividly, such as roasting, prattling, arguing, raging, abreaction, and the sense of powerlessness. At this time, painting is not so much a fierce reaction to a mental state, but as a release and solution to self-depression, anxiety and excitement. The artist confronts and dispels this unavoidable absurd situation in a more direct way.

These extra-large-scale "mobile phone screenshots" presents a unique sense of sacredness. This series opens up a new direction for painting in the era of big data. It retains the order of painting, but at the same time, it also completely destroys - or completely ignores - the order of painting.

Related Exhibitions:
XU ZHEN®: Three Taels of Cuteness, One Catty of Greatness, MadeIn Gallery, Shanghai 11.10, 2021 -12.31, 2021


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