[artinfo] Painting China Now - capitalist profit and political
oppression in painting
O.Brody & K.Paetau
brodypaetau at GOOGLEMAIL.COM
Tue Feb 5 12:48:29 CET 2008
Painting China Now is a collection of thirty new oil paintings by Ondrej Brody & Kristofer Paetau.
These works, depicting instances of violence inflicted by the Chinese government upon their own
citizens, are rendered with a breathtaking realism. Such masterful craft and handling of paint has
become alien to the west, specifically in our contemporary arts, provoking the artists to
commission a professional Chinese craftsman via the internet to realize the paintings for a cheap
price and to import them to Europe. The results are beautiful, seductive and desirable works whose
motivation, through suggesting 'painterly qualities', is in fact to embody the realities of capitalist
profit and political oppression in a painting.
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Best wishes, Ondrej Brody & Kristofer Paetau
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