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Hong Hao, Everchanging Appearance No. 11, 2018, watercolor, dust, acrylic, and molding material on canvas, 150 cm × 240 cm × 4.5 cm (59-1/16" × 94-1/2" × 1-3/4") © Hong Hao

Hong Hao

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b. 1965, Beijing, China

Much of Hong Hao’s work features assembled and scanned images of various found objects including maps, books, tickets, receipts, banknotes, food, and containers.

Beijing-based multidisciplinary artist Hong Hao works with photography, printmaking, collage, video installation, and painting to probe the culture of capitalist consumption in China, investigating the complex relationships that we have with our possessions and pointing to the paradox of excess in a communist country.

After graduating from the printmaking department of the prestigious Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing in 1989, Hong embarked upon a body of work of photographic collages made by assembling items like maps, receipts, food, and banknotes in a scanner. The scanner bed ultimately flattened these items, upending their hierarchies of value. Well-known bodies of work include “My Things” (begun 2001), in which Hong organized his possessions by form and color, and “Selected Scriptures” (1992-2000), in which the artist made prints of maps that subverted the tradition of the woodblock-printed book with its implications of fixed meaning. His work can be found in numerous public collections including those of the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archeology at the University of Oxford, the Hong Kong Museum of Art, the British Museum in London, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

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Hong Hao, Everchanging Appearance No. 9, 2017, acrylic, molding material and dust on canvas, 170 cm × 100 cm (66-15/16" × 39-3/8") © Hong Hao

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Hong Hao, Reflection No. 14, 2016, gold foil, molding material on canvas, 120 cm × 195 cm (47-1/4" × 76-3/4") © Hong Hao