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As a hyperrealistic painter, Deng Cheng Wen creates images of striking detail that recreate representation to its highest form. Considering this, the artist also uses this as a conceptual element, further exhibiting his characters in their symbolic identity as the young generation. In 'Lost Youth', we see the artist clearly identify to us that the young woman at the head of the line is from the young generation of China he showcases in his art. However, behind her is a more ambiguous figure, leaving the interpretation open as to whether this is a mother, friend, or teacher. Whatever the connection is, the covered eyes of both women speak volumes to the concept that 'Blindness' may not always be an individual phenomenon, but perhaps a product of the society we live in.
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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
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.
"The Lightness Of Seeing" - Ode To Art Singapore
"Carrying the Tiger Down The Mountain" Central Art Academy Beijing
"Made in China" London Contemporary Art Exhibition
"WEIBO" - Song Zhuang Museum, Beijing
Solo Exhibition at Ode to Art Gallery, Singapore
Adjacent Exhibition of "State" Art in Beijing
Art Basel Miami Beach, Miami, America
"MirrorStage, Fable and Lie" at 9 Art Space, Beijing
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