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Title

Sleeping life away

2011

Artist

MadeIn Company

China

2009 –

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  • Details

    Date
    2011
    Media category
    Mixed media painting
    Materials used
    collage on canvas
    Dimensions
    280.0 x 187.0 x 20.0 cm
    Credit
    Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program by Clinton Ng and Steven Johnston 2022
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    221.2022
    Copyright
    © MadeIn Company
    Artist information
    MadeIn Company

    Works in the collection

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  • About

    This work continues the style of the Manyan (which can be translated as “spreading” or “creeping”) series which Xu Zhen and his MadeIn Company started to create in 2009. Imagery including “Chinese prints, French 19th-century caricatures, medieval images and exotic bestiaries are mediated through a patchwork of sensuous materials. The collaged elements creates a chaotic image-system of conflicting values, while, overall, the canvas has a decorative quality. A mercurial artist who likes to test the boundaries where mass-production and fine-art uniqueness meet, Xu Zhen believes that contemporary art needs “decoration” as one of its manifestations. 'Sleeping life away' is like a mild but eerie decorative piece for this overloaded and unsettled visual age.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition