In each case, the Road Series photos, and Orientation I: Bicycle Tracks, we assume the point of view of the artist from moving vehicles under conditions that frustrate the technological apparatus that records these movements, and obscure the locations from recognition. Each work bears an associated narrative from the artist’s own past.
The Road Series, begun in 2009 and ongoing, derives from the recognition that in Beijing, where the artist grew up, once traditional neighborhoods were demolished in favor of high-rise apartment blocks, and as bicycle transportation gave way to a sudden tide of automobiles, inevitably, changes in attitudes, personalities, and aspirations also occurred. Even friends and fellow artists became dominated by obsessions of consumerist fantasy. Two elements stood out as the most coveted objects of desire: (1) Cars, and (2) The West (“where luxury brands are born”).