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Meng Jin (Chinese, b.1973)
LOT ID: 77462
Every Room is Illuminated, room light 7, 2007

Pigment Print, on handmade paper.
31.5 х 47.2 in. (80.01 x 119.89 cm.)
Signed, inscribed, and is accompanied with a certificate of authenticity from the artist.
Edition 6
Lot description
“Every Room is Illuminated, room light 7” (2007) is a stunning, softly sensual color photograph printed on rice paper by famed Contemporary Chinese artist Meng Jin's (China b. 1973) and is from the artist's iconic "Every Room" Series of color photographs. This work comes from an edition of 6 measures 31.50 x 47.20 inches and is professionally framed to larger dimensions of 44.50 x 55 inches. This work also comes with a formal certificate of authenticity from the artist, and is in excellent condition.All of the images re-contextualize totems and icons from Mao's regime by depicting them as soft and effeminate sources of light, such as the bright red star emblem found on Mao outfits and military caps depicted here, illuminated as if a chandelier in soft pinks that oscillate and glow filled with tranquility and as a visually meditative source of comfort. To create this surreal work, Jin employs a double-layered negative technique for each image with various levels of focus and digital manipulation.

The artist grew up in the aftermath of the China’s Cultural revolution, and creates images that address the fading past and hopeful future. Each are taken from various important rooms of places like the People’s Parliament House in Beijing. Jin’s images portray the brilliance and spectacle of the past era, the light and empty spaces symbolizing a reflected hope for China’s future from its dynamic and beautiful past. In this series, the physical room is merely hinted at, and the abstraction of the illuminated ceiling decorations leave the viewer to his own perceptions of the memory of the vanishing mystery.

Meng Jin was born in Chongqing China and received her bachelor of Arts from Southwest China Normal University, Chongqing, China and her Masters of Fine Arts with distinction from Chelsea College of University of Arts in London, UK. She has held several solo exhibitions in Shanghai, Beijing, Beijing, and the US, as well as important group exhibitions in museums like MOMA PSI in New York, V & A Museum in London, The Pacific Heritage Museum in San Francisco, US, the Shanghai Art Museum, in China, and the Guangdong Art Museum among several others. Her works have been included in multiple art fairs and festivals throughout the world, and in many important galleries like the Kiang Gallery and the 798 Project Space in Beijing, China. The artist currently lives and works in Beijing.
Every Room is Illuminated, room light 7 by Meng Jin
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