Luo Zhenhong uses cartoon language to exaggerate each sculpture appropriately. This method of creating characters discards the academic orthodoxy, and keeps its distance from Chinese folkways for sculpture creation. The commonality, simplicity and fashion inherent in the cartoon images makes these “dwarfs” much easier to accept by audience, as if there is a natural affinity coming from inside them.
Luo’s works seem to use insight to seek out and form a connection between his works and pop art style of Western postmodernism directly. This urging connection comes from his pursuit of the “new”, his desire to be “different from the others” and his efforts to distance himself from tradition. Because of this, his cartoon expressions give his sculptures more expressive tensions, and the thick colours and strong bright contrasts present a high level of visual impact in an effort to draw out the viewer’s contemporary visual experience. It seems that within perplexity, hesitation and helplessness, Luo found a small, precarious path to “new sculpture”. — Art Critic, He Guiyan.
Luo Zhenhong was born in 1981,Fujian, China. He graduated from the Sculpture Department at the Sichuan Fine Art Institute in 2005 and currently lives and works in Chongqing, China. Previous exhibitions: Future Pass – From Asia to the World, Wereldmuseum, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, Future Pass – From Asia to the World – Collateral event of the 54th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy, Enliven – In Between Realities & Fiction – Animamix Bienniel 2009-2010, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China.
28 June – 5 Aug 2008
Mini World of Luo Zhenhong