Art+ Shanghai Gallery proudly announces the solo exhibition of Ye Hongxing, Common Wealth, showcasing the new series in addition to the earlier repertoire of paintings and sculptures.
Ye Hongxing's works reflect on the contradictions within society by representing a more personal struggle of the penetration of desire, pitted against a longing for spiritual reclusion. In her earlier works she borrowed the visual mode of commercial billboards and light-boxes, which could easily communicate a message of modern-day consumption through advertising. By combing popular ads and icons with cultural motifs and symbols, her work could access the senses of her audience, who recognized a juxtaposition of contemporary society against more traditional culture values.
In her more recent works, Ye Hongxing uses the language of decorative symbolism, from both traditional and popular culture, to illustrate an increase of materialism in developing societies. Her latest paintings are concerned with contradicting definitions of wealth and progress. Not only the commoditization of culture, but the development of class divisions and national elitism within contemporary society. The simple and direct use of Chinese currency against a backdrop of her own black and white portrait contemplates on the desire for and contradiction of, common wealth.