Guo Jian: The Encroachment - Art Collector

Guo Jian, The Erotic No.1 (detail), 2016, inkjet pigment print, 200 x 150 cm. Courtesy: the artist and ARC ONE Gallery

An artist with an international reputation for producing work that is both caustically satirical and dissident, Guo Jian’s latest exhibition at ARC ONE Gallery is a poetic reflection on his observations from both sides of propaganda and art. In The Encroachment, Guo Jian produces intricate photographic collages that depict serene landscapes, animals, and religious icons based on traditional Chinese paintings, some borrowed from the culturally significant Ming and Qing dynasties. Up close, his images subtly unfold to reveal a sea of montaged, smiling faces. Large-scale and commanding from afar, the works are underpinned by a compilation of clippings the artist has extracted from excessive trash found throughout the streets and land across China.

Exhibition opens: 6pm-8pm, Thursday 9 February 2017
Exhibition closes: Saturday 11 March, 2017
Location: ARC ONE Gallery, 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
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