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"Made in Beijing: Yang Mian"
2004-03-21 until 2004-03-28
Red Gate Gallery
Beijing, , CN

In his artworks, from "standards for Youth", "standard Family", "standards for Chubbiness and Charm" to "Standards" for Ideal Residential Compound", Sichuan artist Yang Mian addresses the issue of changing standards that are shaping the face of the social and cultural life in Chinese society. From personal standards to social standards, existing standards to constantly shifting standards, Yang Mian questions and reflects on different kinds of standards through his paintings and installations: "How has our life been changed - What kind of changes do we need - Are the standards we have established what we really want -"

Without paying tribute to history and the involvement of the cultural circle, architecture in China is all the same everywhere. There is no individuality,not or the tradition of regional culture. This is not due to political power. The fact that our culture is being oppressed and has become insensitive accounts for the situation. The construction procedure of our cities is only a product of developersí personal preference on the condition of not breaking any regulations. What developers are after is profit and they take the advantage of marketing gimmicks. We only have to take a look at all the property projects in our city to discover that all of them are the same kind of tube-shaped buildings, appearing in advertisements in the name of "European" and "Continental Style", "Roman Garden", High-profile Community, Ideal Homeland, Waterside Landscape etc.

In this exhibition, Yang Mian will exhibition his iron construction models, and oil paintings .

IMAGE
Yang Mian
Beijing House Standards No.2
2003
Oil on Canvas
180 x 120 cm


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