Breach Miami

YOU ARE COMPLETELY SPECIAL

GAO HANG SOLO EXHIBITION

FEB 20 – MARCH 19, 2022

GAO HANG’S RECENT PAINTINGS ARE INSPIRED BY IMAGE “DEFINITION” AND “RENDERING” IN DIGITAL GRAPHICS ON THE INTERNET, ESPECIALLY THOSE FROM THE LAST 20 YEARS. THE RAWNESS OF HAND COLORING/TRACING/SCULPTING 3D DIGITAL GRAPHICS ON A 2D SCREEN RESONATES WITH “PAINTERLY MOVEMENT” ON CANVAS IN TERMS OF THE HONESTY AND UNCERTAINTY OF MUSCLE BEHAVIOR. THE SHARP DIGITAL BOUNDARIES BECOME LITERAL HARDEDGE PAINTINGS IN FRONT OF THE ARTIST.

 

GAO FINDS INSPIRATION IN STANDUP COMEDY THAT CHALLENGES GENERAL BELIEFS, AND POLITICAL CORRECTNESS, YET AT ITS CORE IS NEGOTIATING BETWEEN THE OBSERVATIONS, LANGUAGE, AND LAUGHTER OF A GIVEN PERFORMANCE. THIS PARA-SOCIAL RELATIONSHIP IS NO PARADOX, BUT A CONSTRUCTIVE CONVERSATION BETWEEN THE PERFORMER AND THE AUDIENCE. IN MANY WAYS, HIS PAINTINGS ARE LIKE STANDUP COMEDY – THEY CAN ONLY DO SO MUCH ABOUT SOLVING REAL PROBLEMS, BUT BRUTAL HONESTY, ABSURDITY, AND HUMOR ARE VERY POWERFUL QUALITIES IN ANY TYPE OF CONVERSATION.

 

THIS BODY OF WORK FOR YOU ARE COMPLETELY SPECIAL WAS CREATED TO DISCUSS THE IDEA OF “IDENTITY” IN THE RISING OF THE METAVERSE, AND IS TITLED UPON THESE 24 GAME CHARACTER LOOKALIKE PORTRAITS THAT ALL SHARE ONE EXACT SAME FACE WITH DIFFERENT BODY HAIR AND SKIN COLORS WITH ONLY SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT SIZED EYES. THIS IS A SIMULATION OF CHARACTER CREATION IN A GAME (OR MAYBE IN THE METAVERSE?) AND A SIMULTANEOUS QUESTIONING OF THE DEFINITION OF “SPECIAL”.

 

PEOPLE ARE ALWAYS SEEKING TO BE SPECIAL, BUT UNDER WHAT FACTORS? AND ARE THESE FACTORS FUNCTIONAL IN A DIGITAL WORLD? OR RATHER SHOULD THESE FACTORS FUNCTION IN A DIGITAL WORLD? WHAT MAKES A PERSON SPECIAL IN THE REAL WORLD AND WHAT MAKES A PERSON SPECIAL IN A DIGITAL WORLD? IF EVERYONE IS SPECIAL, THEN SHOULD WE EVEN USE THE WORD “SPECIAL”? WHEN IS “SPECIAL” A POSITIVE WORD AND WHEN IS IT AN OFFENSIVE WORD?

 

YOU SEE, ALL OF THESE QUESTIONS, GAO DOESN’T CARE ABOUT AT ALL.