Many of Guo Hongwei works are dedicated to depict his recollections of the blurred memories in his childhood, often driven by a strong sense of nostalgia. Guo Hongwei’s approach is minimalistic, the composition of his works are simple accompanied by a hint of humour. Through ceaseless experimentation, he has developed unusual painting techniques to create ghostly yet lifelike images on paper. More recently, he has shifted to watercolour, making pale, blurry images of mundane objects in everyday life. This exhibition showcases four of Guo Hongwei’s latest collage works, for which he reproduces works from the books of his favourite artists, whether it is Carl Andre’s ‘144 Graphite Silence, 2005’, Bridget Riley’s ‘Blaze 3’, or Hans Memling’s ‘Portrait of a Young Man’. Guo Hongwei sees creating as a way to collect, be it fragments of childhood memory, or works by his most-loved artists, this philosophy has formed the core of his art as seen in recent exhibitions.
Born in 1982 in Sichuan Province, China, Guo Hongwei graduated from Sichuan Fine Arts Institute in 2004. Notable solo exhibitions including ‘Thing’ at Chambers Fine Art in Beijing (2009) and New York (2010), ‘Tiny Drop’ at Aike-Dellarco in Palermo, Italy (2011) and ‘Editing’ at Leo Xu Projects in Shanghai, China (2013). His works were also shown widely both locally and internationally, namely Today Art Museum, Beijing, China (2007), Pacific Heritage Museum, San Francisco, USA (2009), James Cohan Gallery, Shanghai, China (2009, 2010, 2011), Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China (2012) and in the widely acclaimed ‘ON | OFF’ exhibition at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing, China (2013).