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Dawn of Asia (2010)
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Zhong Biao

No. 7

Zhong Biao

Title: Dawn of Asia (2010)
Media: Serigraph
Dimension: 210 x 300 mm
Edition Size: 200

Price: USD 600 plus shipping

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Zhong Biao is certainly at the nucleus of the young generation of artists active in China's dynamic contemporary art scene. He is recognized for his compositions that address notions of time and space and depict the world around us, as well as question the destined nature of things everywhere and the influence of history's precedence. Zhong Biao captures the art world's attention through his visions of a new pictorial memory of this era. Using an urban metropolis as a backdrop of his own bizarre fantasy and illusion, Zhong Biao creates a unique set of dramatized theatrical effects by adopting images of ancient and modern, East and West, of different eras of people, scenes, and pop culture. His images precisely capture the process of modernization and urbanization in China, as well as portray the artist's exploration of time and space though his works on canvas.

"Dawn of Asia," a picture within a picture, captures Zhong Biao's characteristic charcoal renderings, golden frames and fine acrylic embellishments. The framed picture within the picture portrays a herd of expressionless men and women dressed in 1980s-style, wheeling bicycles and walking away from the rays of light in the dawn sky; a young and modern-looking girl peers into the gilded frame and sees herself hurtling above the crowd toward the light as if she perceives hope in the distance. The contrast of a different time and space are brought together and divulge a speechless dialogue.