Zhong Wei

Zhong Wei was born in 1987 in Beijing, China, where he lives and works today.

 

Zhong Wei's artwork takes form in immersive installations and canvases that speak to China’s vibrant but chaotic Internet-based visual language. Having compiled a massive database of memes and imagery found online, Zhong uses these ubiquitous images as raw materials for his work. While certain icons in his artwork are widely recognized, others exist merely as memorabilia from a specific time within his browser history. Much of his inspiration is drawn from traditional Buddhist art, which is referenced in the innumerable folds seen within many of his works. To Zhong Wei, the complex shapes conceived from these folds reflect the structure of humanity and culture. However, the concept that runs throughout all of Zhong Wei's work is an idea he refers to as "coupling." It is the notion that the endless flow of information on the internet generates random pairings, resulting in thoughts and energy that drives our current evolution and shifts in culture.

 

Watch de Sarthe's director Willem Molesworth talk about Zhong Wei's artwork in Episode 3 of On-Site Notes

 

de Sarthe past exhibitions:

省電模式[■□□□]· phone died, 15 May - 3 July, 2021

易变 ░ 耦态°∶Nёメㄒ 乚ěVéし, 28 September - 16 November, 2019

 

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Zhong Wei, A Wednesday, 2021. Acrylic on canvas, 175 x 245 cm.

Zhong Wei, Thursday, 2021, Acrylic and ultraviolet print on canvas , 160 x 270 cm.

Zhong Wei, For the Moment, 2021, Acrylic on canvas, 150 x 240 cm.

Zhong Wei, Dragonet, 2021. Acrylic on canvas, 92 x 139 cm.

Zhong Wei, Cold Boot, 2020. Acrylic on canvas, 195 x 310 cm.

Zhong Wei, Thank You : ), 2020. Acrylic on canvas, 155 x 200 cm.

Zhong Wei, Resistance to Drugs, 2020,.Acrylic on canvas, 155 x 200 cm.

Zhong Wei, Coupling Flesh and Purple, 2019. Acrylic on canvas, 155 x 200 cm.

Zhong Wei, Yellow Ego, 2019. Acrylic on canvas, 155 x 200 cm.

Zhong Wei, 002` thing-in-itself, 2018. Acrylic on canvas, 155 x 200 cm.

Zhong Wei, One Screen of Distressed, 2019. Acrylic on canvas, 155 x 200 cm.

Zhong Wei, Artificiality, 2018. Acrylic on canvas, 155 x 200 cm.

Zhong Wei, Big Beast, 2019. Acrylic on canvas, 155 x 200 cm.

Zhong Wei, Black Eyes, 2019. Acrylic on canvas, 155 x 200 cm.

Zhong Wei, Hormone, 2019. Acrylic on canvas, 155 x 200 cm.

Zhong Wei, Heap, 2019. Acrylic on canvas, 155 x 200 cm.

Zhong Wei, Hills, 2019. Acrylic on canvas, 120 x 180 cm.

Zhong Wei, Yellow Opportunity, 2019. Acrylic on canvas, 120 x 120 cm.

Zhong Wei, Floatation, 2019. Acrylic and archival pigment print on canvas, 120 x 90 cm.

Zhong Wei, Cracked Blue, 2019. Acrylic and archival pigment print on canvas, 90 x 120 cm.