Zhong Wei Beijing, China, b. 1987

Zhong Wei’s loud and chaotic visual language references the overwhelming omnipresence of the Internet. Sourcing imagery from a vast range of memes, images, and videos found online, the artist deconstructs the textures of digital culture and reanimates the fragments into imagined landscapes, figures, and entities.

 

Wei’s new series of works on canvas explore the normalization of anxiety and restlessness in the contemporary post-Internet era. The raging artworks depict abstract forms of mechanical structures and deformed figures. Juxtaposing organic forms alongside silhouettes and voids, the depicted environments, while metaphysical, appear precarious and unstable. Each artwork is filled with intensity – a reflection of the psychological strain consequential to overindulgence in technology. As technology and the Internet grows to consume every aspect of life, Wei elucidates the underlying dangers of this supposed aid, and questions its complex implication in the development of society and civilization.