The Stage Series No. 4
, 47 x 36 x 18 cm
About the artwork
With the ever-present figure of Mao in his works, Ren Si Hong depicts the leader stepping over Tiananmen or the Gate of Heavenly Peace. Mao’s stance is dynamic, with his chest lifted and foot stretched forward in an undisputed showcase of power. With the leader being strategically placed over the structure, Ren makes an insightful comment on his revered status within the country that is almost of a transcendental nature.
About the artist
Ren Sihong (born in 1967) graduated from the Fine Art Department of Hebei Normal College in 1991. From 1991 to 1993, he studied in the Teaching Assistant Program for the Oil Painting Class in Central Academy of Fine Arts. In 1993, his solo exhibition was held in the Central Academy's gallery. He now works as a professional painter. Ren's work can be classified as Political Pop, in which the great leader is presented in such a lighthearted and humorous way that the distance between the untouchable, glorified giant and our realistic experience vanishes. In the sculpture ensemble, Mao leads the children of the consumer society in carrying out the broadcast exercise. He turns the uniformity of the exercise movement into free and idle self-entertaining behavior which brings a post-ideological linguistic feature to politics and sports.