Hung-Chih Peng Solo Exhibition
Openning: November 28, 2009, 17:00-19:00
Exhibition Period: November 28, 2009—February 28, 2010
Venue: ART ISSUE PROJECTS
No.A1 Beigao, Cuigezhuang County, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100015
Tel: 86 10 6434 0266
If it’s said that culture is the weapon of intellectuals, then its power of propaganda is the weapon’s blast range. Intellectuals always regard being concerned with the people’s livelihood, criticizing all that is unfair, and awakening social conscience as their duty. Artists are also intellectuals, so they are constantly concerned with the present; social problems, current politics, and the condition surrounding mankind's existence can all be works of art. They use art to express their views, using more direct visual representation to strike a social and public nerve.
“Art should be a tool of propaganda, a tool for awakening the collective conscience”, this is the artistic tenet upheld by Taiwanese artist Hung-Chih Peng. His artistic experience crosses over mainland China, Taiwan, the United States and Europe. Within his works, he often selects multiple forms of symbolic expression, using the coexistence, dialogue between, and even blending of different symbols to present the interesting cultural differences and astonishing collisions they respectively bear. His field of vision is vast and lofty: the suffering brought on the Middle East by the war launched by America, the radiation contamination produced by the depleted uranium bombs used in the war in Iraq, the controlled possession of resources, namely voice and power, the silent transfer of global focus from west to east…art is his sharp cultural weapon, directed at the viewer’s heart.
In this show, ART ISSUE PROJECTS exhibits the artist’s new works from 2007 to 2009, using sculpture, installation, video and a variety of other ways to present the artistic power of “propaganda”.
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