|ELEGANT GATHERING AT WESTERN GARDEN ON MT. HUA, 2007,
Hand-painted digital photograph, 31x110 in
Hong Hao (born 1965) first became known with his early serigraph series Selected Scriptures (1992–2000), consisting of images of the pages of an open book whose witty content ranges from altered world maps to pop visual commentary on Chinese cultural history. Some of his recent photographs have been dense compositions depicting ordinary objects, reflecting a fascination with trompe l’oeil; others have satirized the foibles of the art world. For his take on the time-honored Elegant Gathering, Hong digitally inserted contemporary figures photographed at exhibition openings into historical renderings.
"Do not touch the water. There is nothing more irradiated than the water itself."