Sleepless Tonight Exhibition and Opening Reception

Thursday, October 31, 2019 10:00am to 2:00pm

Forest Park – Library Building, Gallery of Contemporary Art View map Free Event

5600 Oakland Ave

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Artist Statement
Xuhong Shang

In a complex world like ours that is so globalized, I’m not interested in portraying specific elements and stereotypes. I hope to create a general atmosphere that the viewer can feel. I believe every viewer has his or her own way to explain the relationship between the true and the false, the real and the imaginary. The idea of coexistence between the tangible and the intangible in the art making has inspired me, and I’m exploring the uncertainty of reality.

My current work is centered toward current global concerns and exploring the struggle between imagination and reason. The ambiguity in my work expresses the uncertainty of reality, which we ourselves have caused. Our conscience has grown accustomed to creating labels for the things around us, - building the society we live in today, as well as provoking a sense of aloofness. Such as the “FAREWELL” project was made with the intention of being created the illusion of a smashed white glass wall. The ripped up images scattered arbitrarily across the wall capture an ambiguous future, accompanied by a mix of emotions, - indefinite answers to indefinite questions. The images of the “FAREWELL” are distorted by white and gray colored shapes, stimulating the meaning of the original background to be seen as obscure. This obscurity reflects the emotional uncertainty the many have experienced following tragic events such as 9/11 and other similar terror attacks. This feeling of uncertainty has become a phenomenon, and has ultimately distorted our perception of reality.

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