Zhong Wei: Stress Response

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Open: By Appointment

13 Mason’s Yard, SW1Y 6BU, London, UK
Open: By Appointment


Zhong Wei: Stress Response

to Fri 17 Dec 2021

Artist: Zhong Wei

13 Mason’s Yard, SW1Y 6BU Zhong Wei: Stress Response

By Appointment

Jack Bell Gallery presents an exhibition of paintings by contemporary artist Zhong Wei. His loud and chaotic visual language references the overwhelming omnipresence of the Internet. Sourcing imagery from a vast range of memes, images, and videos found online, Wei deconstructs the textures of digital culture and reanimates the fragments into imagined landscapes, figures, and entities. This is his first exhibition in the UK.

Jack Bell Zhong Wei 1

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Jack Bell Zhong Wei 9

This new series of works on canvas explores the normalization of anxiety and restlessness in the contemporary post-Internet era. The raging artworks depict abstract forms of mechanical structures and deformed figures. Juxtaposing organic forms alongside silhouettes and voids, the depicted environments, while metaphysical, appear precarious and unstable. Each artwork is filled with intensity – a reflection of the psychological strain consequential to overindulgence in technology. As technology and the Internet grows to consume every aspect of life, Zhong Wei elucidates the underlying dangers of this supposed aid, and questions its complex implication in the development of society and civilization.

Wei was born in 1987 in Beijing, China, where he continues to live and work. His work has been acquired by the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nasantara (MACAN), Indonesia.

Courtesy of the artist and Jack Bell Gallery, London

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