Chen Wen Ling

Red Memory series; collected by Alibaba headquarters in Hangzhou
Bronze Painted Red, cm

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About the artwork

His works attracted outsiders, insiders, academics and avant-garde critics alike to appreciate them from their own perspectives. Chen series works of the Red Boys entitled the Red Memory, which have various meanings for different modern art viewers. They may be reminded of a newly born baby (red boy) which symbolizes the innocence of human heart in classical culture, without a feeling of ordinariness. Modern art emphasizes the concepts in a work. It often creates a style of too many concepts, making viewers tired. In contrast, Chen works is simple and true. He does not deliberately create concepts. The naked bodies have nothing to hide. What is left, is a direct communication with the nature and a conversation between the society and the people. The facial and body expressions of the Red Boys are properly exaggerated to enhance the communicative effects.This series of works is a relief of too many concepts. It can also be viewed that there is a concept in the works to curtail the burden of concepts.

About the artist

Chen Wen Ling was born in 1969 in China and is recognized as one of the top ten contemporary sculptors in the international art industry today. Since graduating from the Xiamen Academy of Art where he studied in the sculpture department followed by Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, his exhibitions have been held in numerous prestigious exhibitions all around the world. In 1999, Chen Wen Ling received the Venice Biennial International Prize of the Golden Lion in Italy and In 2005, he received the award for best installation in the Museum for Inopportune in France. He has also held displays of his Red Memory series at ‘Sculptures by the Sea’ for consecutive years, which received high demand and acclaim.

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