Xu Zhen (produced by MadeIn Company) est. 2009  / Light Source-The Gold of Their Bodies
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about this work
The 'Light Source' series depicts renowned paintings from famous international museums and institutions, photographed using flashlight. These masterpieces, produced again by applying the finest painting techniques, remind the viewer of clichéd photographs taken by tourists visiting historic sites and museums. The reflections created by the light constitute an intense, almost sacrilegious atmosphere, while providing a glow of adoration and worship.

The texture and media of the works purposely emanate a certain bewitching feeling; a classic oil painting of a celebrated work shot with flashlight. Historically and culturally paintings are photographed and now this photography is being recreated. These progressive layers of painting to photograph to painting, relate to art history and contemporary public observation culture within the museum environment and industry.

Classic paintings are a simulation of a three dimensional visual effect; the 'Light Source' series adds a simulation with the representation of a flashlight glint. Viewing and photographing in museums together with modern pictorial possession of a famous painting, place classic painting under the shadow of contemporary technology. These common shortcuts, issued from a light source of our digital era, record traditions. The sudden result changes the contrast of the work, leading to subtle distortions; this mass ‘fast-food’ style and unconscious provocation towards traditional classics, are all reproduced using classic techniques within the 'Light Source' series. 

Xu Zhen (produced by MadeIn Company) (est. 2009 , China)

Light Source-The Gold of Their Bodies, 2014

Oil on canvas
67 x 76 cm.
26 3/8 x 29 15/16 in.
Provenance:
MadeIn Gallery, Shanghai, China Current Location:
Hong Kong - S PaintingFar East

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