Xu Zhifeng, Glass No. 1 Glass, reinforcement steel, concrete 61x17x17 cm, 2012

Industrialization, urbanization and globalization have rapidly changed our living environment. Cement, steel, glass and plastics have become the new “four treasures of the study” or wen fang si bao. These new materials have captivated our new sense of aesthetics, yet can be transposed onto the classical aesthetics. Thus I simply “draw” with these elements and pursue the new “Four Gentlemen” or si junzi in the context of the “traditional” Chinese literati.

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