Online Exhibition “Electronic Biology” – Zheng Xiaolong
Solo Exhibition of Zheng Xiaolong 郑龙一海
This is an online exhibition on our page at Artsy. Works are available for collection.
Exhibition Period: 31 March – 30 May 2023
The exhibition Electronic Biology aims to explore the intertwining of contemporary technology and human destiny. We are experiencing an era of life mechanization and machine life. The artist presents the exploration and fantasy of future life forms through his artworks. In his mixed media works, many of the contents of the pictures are mutated life forms, such as genetically mutated insects, orcs with wings, mutated plants, etc. The body structures of these life forms are extremely complex. The bottom layer of the paintings are sometimes the chart and machine code that have been disassembled and reorganized, and it refers to the operating mechanism diagram of the machine. Normally by rewriting the code of the intelligent machine, the machine can be disabled or can be upgraded. These charts and codes, through the creation of the artist, present a mechanized life form. In the post-human context of implanted media, human-machine integration, and genetic rewriting, we, as Homo sapiens, seem to be omnipotent, as if we are playing the role of the creator. In the era of machine awakening that is just around the corner, how will technology as the object and human beings as the subject get along? How do people view machine variation and human-machine integration with existing ethical views? This is the reflection on human ethics that this exhibition expects to trigger.
Zheng Xiaolong (Born in 1988), graduated from the Oil Painting Department of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, and obtained a master’s degree from the School of Intermedia Art of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, is currently teaching at the Academy of Fine Arts of Guangxi Normal University. His main creative methods include: painting, video, installation, public art and mix media. His works have been widely exhibited in art museums and art institutions. Public collections include: Guangdong Art Museum, Shanghai 21st Century Minsheng Art Museum, South China Art Museum, Cui Zhenkuan Art Museum, Nanjing New Star Art Museum, Guangdong Times Media Group, Huawei Group etc. Main awards: 2014 New Star Art Award; Zhe Gui Zhi 2015 China New Painting Award, Three Shadows Photography Award, 2021 Pingyao International Photography Kunpeng Award, the 10th Xishuangbanna International Film Festival Excellent Photographer Award, etc . In 2018, he participated in Oooit Art International Art Residency Program in the Netherlands.