Lihong’s work connects the global, contemporary experience with practised, cultural tradition and re-examines the bridge between the East and West. By fusing the symbols of Nike, McDonald’s, Apple and Disney with traditional Chinese patterns, he creates a new and reflective visual experience. This mash-up goes beyond being clever and transcends into an elegant beauty all into itself, encapsulating Lihong’s philosophy that “Modernism and Post-Modernism is not the enemy of tradition, but rather is a renewed expression of tradition.”
The detailed craftsmanship and exquisite use of ceramic and porcelain in combination with these modern, global brands succeeds in revealing a perspective that is both critical and accepting of the dual and complex world that we live in. Lihong acknowledges the presence of these iconic brands and their influence in his life while still expressing what he calls “the vigorous nature of contemporary China.”
The Vigour-China exhibit will be displayed at the Art Labor Gallery in Shanghai until 31st May 2015.