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Aesthetic Radicalism in ‘Awakenings’ at Singapore’s National Gallery Ocula Report Aesthetic Radicalism in ‘Awakenings’ at Singapore’s National Gallery 21 Jun 2019 : Sam Gaskin for Ocula

Awakenings: Art in Society in Asia 1960s–1990s, a major retrospective at Singapore's National Gallery (14 June–15 September 2019), opens emphatically in flames. At the exhibition's entrance, viewers encounter a wall-sized image from 1964 titled Burning Canvases Floating on the River. The photograph captures a performance by Lee Seung-taek, in which...

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Thomas J Price: Reframing Classical Sculpture Ocula Conversation Thomas J Price: Reframing Classical Sculpture

When the London-born artist Thomas J Price graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Chelsea College of Arts in 2004, the school's college art prize was by no means his most notable accomplishment as an emerging artist. In 2001, Price presented his much-talked-about work Licked, a daring performance, later profiled on the BBC 4 television...

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'Sites Encountered': A Chorus of Five Artists at M+ Pavilion Ocula Report 'Sites Encountered': A Chorus of Five Artists at M+ Pavilion 21 Jun 2019 : Emily Verla Bovino for Ocula

Without punctuation, She Said Why Me, the title of May Fung's 1989 video presents itself as a statement, rather than a question. It suggests a subject who expects no response, a person prepared to make what she can from being chosen though perplexed by the attention. The video follows a blindfolded woman, then unmasked, through late colonial-era...

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Feng Mengbo

b. 1966, China

Born in 1966 in Beijing, Feng Mengbo’s childhood was hugely influenced by the Cultural Revolution at its peak in the 1970s. Feng graduated from the Design Department at the Beijing School of Arts and Crafts in 1985, and then went on to complete a master’s degree at the Printmaking Department of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in 1992, studying under artist Xu Bing.

He became one of the first Chinese artists to develop an interest in global networking, the virtual world and their effects on human behaviour. Since the early 1990s, he has worked at the  intersection of painting and digital media and is widely considered to be a pioneer in new media art. When computer-based art became too common in Feng’s eyes, he returned to painting, although continued to use very innovative and cutting-edge techniques.

Feng disavows the label Political Pop, bestowed on those members of China's post-Mao avant-garde who commingle the motifs of Communist propaganda and consumer capitalism. Instead, he views himself as less concerned with history and politics than with interactive technologies. Nevertheless, he shares with compatriots like Yu Youhan an insouciant attitude toward the icons of China's recent past. He uses these cultural icons in a romantic, heroic manner to tell moral or political tales. Feng’s paintings are more whimsical and escapist than those of the Political Pop movement of the time.

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Featured Artworks

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M Shot0181 by Feng Mengbo contemporary artwork
Feng MengboM Shot0181, 2012 Ink, mixed media on canvas
75 x 118 cm
Chambers Fine Art
2007WCSS120X240_02 by Feng Mengbo contemporary artwork
Feng Mengbo2007WCSS120X240_02, 2007 Tempera and Veejet on Canvas
240 x 120 cm
Hanart TZ Gallery
2007WCSS120X240_03 by Feng Mengbo contemporary artwork
Feng Mengbo2007WCSS120X240_03, 2007 Tempera and Veejet on Canvas
240 x 120 cm
Hanart TZ Gallery
The Indigo Horse by Feng Mengbo contemporary artwork
Feng MengboThe Indigo Horse, 2014 Mixed media on canvas
80 x 40 cm
Hanart TZ Gallery
Chun Li's Elder Brother by Feng Mengbo contemporary artwork
Feng MengboChun Li's Elder Brother, 2014 Acrylic on canvas
80 x 60 cm
Hanart TZ Gallery
Acrobatics by Feng Mengbo contemporary artwork
Feng MengboAcrobatics, 2014 Mixed media on polyester and aluminium (drum skin)
57 x 57 cm
Hanart TZ Gallery
The Ark by Feng Mengbo contemporary artwork
Feng MengboThe Ark, 2014 Watercolour on Chinese paper
68 x 136 cm
Hanart TZ Gallery
Two Great White Sharks by Feng Mengbo contemporary artwork
Feng MengboTwo Great White Sharks, 2014 Watercolour on Chinese paper
68 x 136 cm
Hanart TZ Gallery

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Feng Mengbo, The Loudest is Silent: Picturing Feng Mengbo at Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong
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8 May–2 June 2015 Feng Mengbo The Loudest is Silent: Picturing Feng Mengbo Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong

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China’s Post-Intranet Artists Get Personal Ocula Report China’s Post-Intranet Artists Get Personal 27 Apr 2019 : Sam Gaskin for Ocula

China's post-80s artists are no longer all that 'young', nor do they much need that moniker. With the oldest of that generation fast approaching 40, to call them young would be misleading given how rapidly many of them rose to prominence during the tail-end of China's foreign collector-powered art boom and subsequent influx of domestic collectors....

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Feng Mengbo Ocula Conversation Feng Mengbo Artist, China

Born in Beijing in 1966, Feng graduated from the printmaking department of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in 1992. Often referred to as China’s ‘Godfather’ of new media art, the artist was one of the first Chinese artists to embrace digital technology, modifying video games to include Chinese elements, and replacing the faces...

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'Metamorphosis Of The Virtual 5 + 5' At Chi K11 Art Museum Ocula Report 'Metamorphosis Of The Virtual 5 + 5' At Chi K11 Art Museum 20 Jul 2014 : Anna Dickie and Sam Gaskin for Ocula

Ten artists, five French and five Chinese, feature in Metamorphosis of the Virtual 5 + 5, an exhibition focused on digital art, curated by David Rosenberg and co-produced by Joanne Kim. The show, which continues until August 31, is organized by K11 Art Foundation (KAF), and its genesis can be traced back to Adrian Cheng, founder of KAF, seeing...

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In Related Press

Discussion on video art research in the context of globalisation: 'Time Test' is unveiled Related Press Discussion on video art research in the context of globalisation: 'Time Test' is unveiled CAFA ART INFO : 12 July 2016

At 2:30 pm on July 2, 2016, Time Test – International Video Art Research Exhibition was unveiled at CAFA Art Museum. The exhibition is jointly hosted by Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University East Lansing, Michigan, U.S.A. and CAFA Art Museum. In the axis of the development course of the video art, the project presents...

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Ink Remix at CMAG: Chinese traditions remixed in cutting-edge collection Related Press Ink Remix at CMAG: Chinese traditions remixed in cutting-edge collection The Sydney Morning Herald : 1 July 2015

Delicate brush strokes on paper – calligraphy, lyrical subjects, perhaps woodblock prints on handmade stock.These are the things that most commonly spring to mind when it comes to Chinese ink art – ancient methods and traditional subjects, perhaps reinterpreted in a contemporary context but always recognisable. Recognisable and...

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Of Heroes and Nintendos: Interview with Feng Mengbo Related Press Of Heroes and Nintendos: Interview with Feng Mengbo ArtAsiaPacific : 2 June 2015

Renowned for his large-scale video game installation Long March: Restart (2008), Beijing-based artist Feng Mengbo has acquired artistic knowledge through extensive research and studies, spanning from painting to traditional printmaking to computer programming. Within his multidisciplinary art practice, Feng broadly references themes of video game...

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Five rising stars  of Chinese contemporary art Related Press Five rising stars of Chinese contemporary art Christies : 13 March 2015

To mark the opening of Art Basel Hong Kong and our Asia+ sales, five international curators each tip the Chinese contemporary artist they feel most excited about right now.Lu Yang Recommended by David Elliot, curator of the Hayward Gallery's Art From Elsewhere exhibition (currently at the Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery)'At last, women artists...

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