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Pu Jie

 

Pu Jie - about

 

Pu Jie - biography

 

Pu Jie - biography

about the artist Pu Jie

In his artistic practice, Pu Jie attempts to use fragments of collective memory as well as his own personal experiences to compose a narrative of a contemporary way of existence in the shadow of China's recent past. Avoiding trappings of both nostalgia and amnesia, he references instead life in the rapidly expanding urban metropolis and its oscillating imageries of eroticism, political propaganda and ancient myths. Monochromatic colours in red, yellow and blue dominate his large-scale paintings.

 

The compositions are not subject to the classical central perspective, but consist of collage figures and texts that are noticeable as vast bases in favour of other images, usually painted with striking contours. The different layers of imagery are brought together in the picture by the unifying aesthetic expression, which is a blend of pop and comic strips. Pu Jie's works comment on a variety of themes that he conjures up in dynamic and intense scenes. Here, he underscores illusory aspects of the mediated day-to-day reality of a rapidly changing society. Pu Jie juxtaposes seemingly contrasting narratives and memories as an attempt to show the fragmentary, ever-shifting and therefore incoherent nature of life.

 

By courtesy of shanghart gallery, shanghai

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