Lives and Works: Beijing
Guo Donglai does not limit himself within original or artificial or even industrial status of materials, but reconstructs new lingual and significant connections among different materials – discover unprecedented meaning during the process of changing material status and re-organization. Precisely speaking, he creates a magical match with natural materials and industrial materials; they look like being “apart”, while actually they are “generating new product”. In this way, he discards reunification, and exposes the discussion and fusion of materials’ “original status” and “artificial status”. The artworks of Guo Donglai present a rather remarkable art level; they not only dissolves the trace of “human” and “me”, but reactivates isolated objects through encounter of materials. To sum up, the artist blurs out the boarder between handcraft and nature, and shows an unprecedented existence and concept through reassembling materials.
Guo Donglai was born in China in 1985. He obtained his B.A. and M.A. from National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts in 2008 and 2012 respectively. In 2015, he finished his studies at Luca Caccioni Studio of Visual Arts, Academy of Fine Arts of Bologna in Italy with a second M.A. Currently, he lives and works in Beijing.
Guo Donglai’s recent major exhibitions include: “A Thousand Miles” (solo, Galerie Liusa Wang, Paris, France, 2016); “En un clin d’œil” (solo, Galerie Liusa Wang, Paris, France, 2015); “Wall Power” (Today Art Museum, Beijing, China, 2017); “Wang Shikuo Award Exhibition of Nomination” (Today Art Museum, Beijing, China, 2016); “Young Artist Plus” (Songzhuang Contemporary Art Archive, Beijing, China, 2016); “Caissa Rising Arting” (Today Art Museum, Beijing, China, 2015); “New Star Art Festival” (Xi’An Art Museum, China, 2015); “Ivy Art” (Today Art Museum, Beijing, China, 2015); etc.
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