Gu-Xiong, 1991: The Crusher

While revealing his sketches for a proposed series of paintings based on crushed cans, Gu Xiong said that common objects look dead, and are only made to come to life when they are “Killed.” A neat irony, one that can take off in many directions. Discarded cans of pop, cafeteria trays, dirty kitchen utensils (his[…]

Preface: What is the Meaning of Tomato?

“Tomato” (in Chinese Xi hong shi西红柿) is an ordinary object. To make ordinary objects unordinary, one of the methods is adopting the method of pop art. Through pop art, mundane daily objects are endowed with meanings, meanings in art history. “The medium is the message,” and the medium is the extension and broadening of human[…]