Chen Wen Ling

游戏 - Games
Bronze Painted Red, 201 x 57 x 60 cm

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About the artwork

Chen Wen Ling's series titled Red Memory features naked, skinny red boys showing exaggerated expressions, with eyes full of mischief in arresting poses. The artist creates irony by playing with expressions and colors. Throughout Chinese history, red has been a symbolic and auspicious color in Southern China. By carving carefree expressions into his sculptures, the artist uses the essence of red to represent his dismissal of the pursuit of money and power. His optimistic red boys embracing life invite the viewer to reflect on tension, anxiety, fear, and cruelty of the adult world. The artist depicts his little boys embracing the present moment instead of worrying about the future, and seizing the day.

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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