Alex Guofeng Cao, ‘Ain't Got No, I Got Life NinaSimone vs King’, 2021, Drawing, Collage or other Work on Paper, Ink on canvas, with plexiglass and mirrored stainless steel, FREMIN GALLERY
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Alex Guofeng Cao

Ain't Got No, I Got Life NinaSimone vs King, 2021

Ink on canvas, with plexiglass and mirrored stainless steel
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42 × 42 in
106.7 × 106.7 cm
Edition of 10
$8,500
22 1/2 × 22 1/2 in
57.2 × 57.2 cm
$4,950
Location
New York City
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Alex Guofeng Cao
Chinese, b. 1969
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Alex Guofeng Cao re-creates iconic photographs out of digital mosaics. His intricate collages, often depicting celebrities, are composed of other well-known images, shrunk down to the size of a pixel. In one of his best known pieces, an image of Marilyn Monroe is built out of tiny Mona Lisas; titled Marilyn vs. Mona Lisa (2009), the work suggests an adversarial relationship between the two ubiquitous though dissimilar female icons, in line with her juxtapositions that imply political commentary or critique. His portrait of Barack Obama consists of thousands of Abraham Lincolns, while a photograph of a starving child in Sudan is built from the smiling face of Jimmy Carter. Guofeng Cao's network of connections extends beyond each individual piece. In creating new-yet-familiar compositions from preexisting images, he references the way we process imagery, understanding new pictures by drawing on our interpretations of earlier ones.

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Alex Guofeng Cao
Chinese, b. 1969
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Alex Guofeng Cao re-creates iconic photographs out of digital mosaics. His intricate collages, often depicting celebrities, are composed of other well-known images, shrunk down to the size of a pixel. In one of his best known pieces, an image of Marilyn Monroe is built out of tiny Mona Lisas; titled Marilyn vs. Mona Lisa (2009), the work suggests an adversarial relationship between the two ubiquitous though dissimilar female icons, in line with her juxtapositions that imply political commentary or critique. His portrait of Barack Obama consists of thousands of Abraham Lincolns, while a photograph of a starving child in Sudan is built from the smiling face of Jimmy Carter. Guofeng Cao's network of connections extends beyond each individual piece. In creating new-yet-familiar compositions from preexisting images, he references the way we process imagery, understanding new pictures by drawing on our interpretations of earlier ones.

Alex Guofeng Cao

Ain't Got No, I Got Life NinaSimone vs King, 2021

Ink on canvas, with plexiglass and mirrored stainless steel
.
42 × 42 in
106.7 × 106.7 cm
Edition of 10
$8,500
22 1/2 × 22 1/2 in
57.2 × 57.2 cm
$4,950
Location
New York City
Certificate
Certificate of authenticity
This work includes a certificate of authenticity.
Have a question? Visit our help center.
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