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RED GUARDS - Recent Sculptures by
Jiang Shuo

Plum Blossoms Gallery Hong Kong

January 16 - 31, 2004



Plum Blossoms Gallery Hong Kong is pleased to present Red Guards, an exhibition of recent sculptures by Jiang Shuo, an Austria-based Chinese sculptor. Featuring over 30 pieces of bronze sculptures produced in these few years, Red Guards is the sculptor's first solo exhibition in Hong Kong and will be on view at the gallery from the 16th through the 31st of January 2004.
Jiang's interests have primarily been influenced by folk art in China. The "Red Guards" work follows in her folk art style but with the injection of a political theme to grab people's attention. The almost faceless guards with their wide-open mouths recall that period of turmoil in China when the spouting of slogans and mindless indoctrination was the path to survival. The sarcasm continues for the material desires that those guards criticized during the Revolution, have now become their goals to be pursued today. Portrayed with cola cans, french fries, mobile phonesˇKthe guards have now engaged in trade and could hardly withstand the indubitable influence of popular culture. As her medium Jiang Shuo uses the lost wax technique of bronze casting so that each sculpture is an original and not an edition.

Born in 1958 in Beijing, Jiang Shuo studied sculpture at the Central Academy of Arts and Design, which is now under Tsinghua University. Jiang completed her master degree in 1985 and started her career in teaching sculpture at the Central Academy until 1989. Jiang, with her husband Wu Shaoxiang, emigrated to Austria and worked at their joint studio there. Jiang's works have been widely exhibited around the world, especially in Europe, and are regularly sold in Beijing through The China Guardian auction.

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