Ordinary everyday objects form intricate patterns in the hands of Bejing contemporary artist Hong Hao
Thank god for the New York Times online subscription, my day was lit up by an article about the works of this artist from China. Everything I love: every day objects, collage, mosaic, still life, abstraction…
“My Things No. 7,” 2004 – books
The artist and photographer Hong Hao has kept track of almost every item in his life for the past 14 years. You think he is a hoarder?
“Bottom No. 3,” 2009 – bottoms of ordinary objects
In fact, no: he scans each item and composes what results into colorful, intriguing large-format still life’s. I love this “objet pixel” infinity collage:
My Things About Circle no. 2 , 2006
This collage is made up of ordinary consumer goods packages, chronicling the change in China over the last 14 years:
The objects are scanned and then arranged according to their forms and colors.
Hong Hao destructs the functional property of the materials and reproduces an undifferentiated, flattened, deliberately superficial world of aesthetics.
“My Things Book-Keeping of 2004-05 A,” 2006
The amazing thing is, this is done with a scanner and a computer! No camera, just scanned images carefully rearranged on the computer and printed in large format! I find these images so poetic or in the words of Horace:
“A picture is a poem without words.”