Sunday, October 12, 2008

Chen Jiagang: The Great Third Front

Chen Jiagang: The Great Third Front at Edwynn Houk Gallery in New York. "...Employing a distorted wide-angle lens, Chen Jiagang records the artifacts of the 'Great Third Front' in a palette of neutral grays, purples, and blues. A self-described expressionist photographer, Jiagang’s photographs conjure a type of industrial fairy tale. With the digital addition of an element of the fantastic, a young girl elegantly dressed in the Maoist collar and dress (Qipao), Jiagang’s photographs allude to a former glory, a nostalgia for a period now lost to the more powerful forces propelling China into the future."


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