Zhong Wei

Zhong Wei (b. 1987 in Beijing, China) works on canvas are windows into contemporary culture’s most dominating technological accomplishment: The Internet. Having compiled a massive database of memes and imagery found online, Zhong uses these ubiquitous images as raw material for his work and constructs fleeting snapshots of this rapidly evolving matrix. Fundamental to Zhong Wei’s practice is a concept he refers to as “coupling,” an idea that the endless flow of information on the Internet generates random pairings, each catalysing innumerable more possibilities. For many, the unpredictable nature of the online universe acts as an escape hatch from the monotony of real life. As the rabbit hole deepens with each click, the Internet becomes an entire alternate world parallel to physical reality – a boundless dimension in which one is free to be whom they want, unshackled by the chains of real life.

 

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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.