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Deng Cheng Wen
Blind Line (盲行)

Oil on Canvas
120 x 160cm

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With increasing ambiguity and new perspectives to his representations, Deng Cheng Wen's latest series displays maturity of thought and skill. The blend of aesthetics and the theoretical is commendable, Deng willingly breaks the tradition of avoidance of the unsavoury in Chinese culture and provides insight into the sentiments of burdened and misguided youth of today. ‘Blind Line’ also brings about considerations of conformity and calls into question the effect of our decisions and behaviour.

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  • +Artist Bio

    In 1981, Deng Cheng Wen was born in Guangdong Province, China. He graduated from Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts in 2006 and his works have been exhibited worldwide in places such as Hong Kong, Beijing and Miami. Deng Cheng Wen's "Blind Walking" series captures the collective ambition, ignorance and emotional flurry within the young Chinese of his generation. His works adopt a concept-based approach in order to seek a depth and complexity, at a level that causes some of its viewers to recognize personal truths while standing before the art.  Read More

  • +Critique

    Blind Walking and Its Meaningless Text
     
    Deng Chengwen's blind walking series is about the allegorical theme of the survival of the next generation. He uses stimulating visual situations to describe the lost mental state of Chinese youth after globalisation.

    In 2007, a few of Deng Chengwen's "Blind Walking" pieces were on show at the first 798 art festival which I organised. The scene was of several stern-looking young people who looked like they were playing a game of feeling their way around in the dark, standing in a line, with the last person in the line covering the eyes of the first. This image was the starting point of this whole series - when the piece first began it started off with just two or three people on a freehand empty background of grey nothingness. Later, the number of people was increased to seven or eight with a specific city, wasteland, river and country road background painted in. "Blind Walking" depicts the new generation and their surrounding landscapes after the rise of China. The temperament of the new generation in Deng Chengwen's works already possess the same post-globalization characteristics as young people all over the world; not having the special political naivete of those born in the 50's and 60's, nor the adolescent cruelty accumulated during the preliminary stages of capitalism of those from the 70's. Due to their excellent material standards and robust bodies, they have good skin and fashionable clothing, with some young people even dyeing their hair to become a blonde colour similar to Westerners. 


  • +Exhibitions

    2014    
    "The Lightness Of Seeing" - Ode To Art Singapore 

    2013    
    "Carrying the Tiger Down The Mountain" Central Art Academy Beijing  

    2012   
    "Made in China"  London Contemporary Art Exhibition 
    "WEIBO" - Song Zhuang Museum, Beijing

    2009    
    Solo Exhibition at Ode to Art Gallery, Singapore      
    Adjacent Exhibition of "State" Art in Beijing 
      
    2008   
    Art Basel Miami Beach, Miami, America   

    2007  
    "MirrorStage, Fable and Lie" at 9 Art Space, Beijing 
     

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