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A WORLD OF UNEXPECTED BY SHANG CHENGXIANG

by Ariadna Zierold

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Chinese artist Shang Chengxiang’s compositions have a realistic foundation in which he inserts surreal, thick colored clouds, leaving you to interpret the limit among consciousness and unconsciousness. Dream plays a crucial role in his works. Psychedelic colors, absurd settings, lunar landscapes, his paintings are overflowing by imagination.

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His paintings are often a mixture of memories of his dreams and pondering of his reality and things that are in between. The colorful cloud smoke in his “Cloud Path” series derive from the rainbow-color forest that once appeared in his dream; many drafts and attempts later, the artist couldn’t recreate the scene, the illusionary quality of dreams started to sink into Chengxiang’s mind.

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Combining colors with clouds in his paintings, together with surreal and dream like images, Shang Chengxiang leads his audiences to a world of unexpected. He compares this illusionary quality of dreams to the evaporating quality of cloud and smoke, both temporary and unobtainable.

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