ART | BASEL Hong Kong 2017 - Kabinett
Date: 23 - 25.3.2017
Venue: GALLERIES, Booth 3C40, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong
Wang Qingsong (b. 1966, Daqing, Heilongjiang Province, China) graduated from the Oil Painting department of the Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts in 1993. His artistic practice involves photography and video, exploring themes of consumerism, urbanization and western influences in the culture of post-modern China. He is most acclaimed for his elaborately staged tableaux photography, shot in massively scaled sets constructed in the studio.
His work is collected by the International Center of Photography (USA), Philadelphia Museum of Art (USA), San Francisco Museum of Art (USA), Victoria and Albert Museum (UK), Maison Européenne de la Photographie (France), MUMOK (Austria), National Gallery of Victoria (Australia), Mori Art Museum (Japan), Daegu Art Museum (Korea), and Central Academy of Fine Arts (China), among others. Wang currently lives and works in Beijing.
About Happy Bed
Wang's Happy Bed is filmed in one still shot in which the large screen is divided into 35 cell-like bed spaces dimly lit by flashing lights in garish colours, the setting is suggestive of a brothel or a raunchy nightclub. Against the ambience sound of a throbbing heartbeat, naked couples became distinguishable in the cells and appear to be engaging in sexual congress. The scene is neither erotic nor pornographic, but carnal and ritualistic. Post-nuptial, the couples revert to their cocoons and the surreal scene returns to an empty pulsation of throbbing heartbeats, awaiting the next cycle. Exploring the primal and universal drives of reproduction and mating, the artist considers the work “an ultrasound image of life in the womb, throbbing, strong, unstoppable”.
About the artist - Wang Qingsong