Shen Jingdong AIR FORCE
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Currently in Haertter Hall Performing Arts Center
Tate Foley’s work revolves around printing and bookmaking, often examining connections between language and social issues. Part of the 2016 Great Rivers Biennial, Post No Bills, an installation of large-scale sculptures and twelve single-channel videos, reframes the language of protest. Foley’s freestanding structures are architectural, geometric, and assembled with an attention to detail that defies their seemingly make-shift construction. Created with a Risograph—a digital printing technology that came to the fore in the 1980s—prints of phonetically spelled words are wheat pasted to the structures’ facades. Such terms as “bourgeoisie,” “systematic,” and “explicit” envelop the sculptures, which formally recall bulletin boards. Often used by the media to discuss issues of gender, ethnicity, and class, these terms hint at the possibility of antagonism and exclusion.
Currently featured ON LOAN is AIR FORCE by Chinese artist Shen Jingdong
Shen Jingdong also uses these communists icons in his paintings and sculptures, but he does this a particular way. He paints the soldiers and the world that he got to know during the sixteen years he spent in the army.
Shen Jingdong presents his soldiers in the most brilliant light in the "Eight Route Army", having in mind the iconic images of Mao Zedong, the Japanese comics, the terracotta warriors and the children soldiers.
For him, they are not mere killing machines, but rather consumer objects, toys coming straight out of a hypermarket or an assembly line.
After 16 years of service in the Chinese army, Shen Jingdong has been working in his Beijing studio for a decade now.
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