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Strands of color pierce the web of civilization

Artist Zhong Wei traces China’s ‘chaotic internet-based visual language’

Zhong Wei traces the boundaries of “civilization” by turning China’s “chaotic internet-based visual language” into a web of colors.

The Beijing-born artist uses online “icons,” such as memes and “memorabilia,” in his work to build a series of striking images.

“While certain icons in [Zhong’s] art are widely recognized, they now exist as memorabilia from a specific time in our browser history,” the de Sarthe Gallery stated, adding:

“His work takes form in immersive installations and canvases that speak to China’s vibrant but chaotic internet-based visual language. Building on this notion, his art comments on the development of civilization by illustrating the shapes and textures of man-made objects.”

Zhong Wei’s sole exhibition entitled 省電模式[■□□□ · phone died runs until July 3 at the de Sarthe Gallery in Hong Kong.

For the Moment | 2021

Material: Acrylic on canvas

Dimensions: 200 cm x 200 cm

Image: Courtesy de Sarthe Gallery

Edge 2021413 | 2021

Material: Acrylic on canvas

Dimensions: 200 cm x 200 cm

Image: Courtesy de Sarthe Gallery

Forget | 2020

Material: Wires, rubber tubes, LED lights, aluminum, mini computer and zip ties

Dimensions: Variable

Image: Courtesy de Sarthe Gallery

Sunday | 2021

Material: Acrylic on canvas

Dimensions: 84 cm x 84 cm

Image: Courtesy de Sarthe Gallery

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