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Wang Lin (Chinese)
LOT ID: 82819
Gobi 1KM Series no. 5, 2009

Chromogenic Print (C-print)
39.36 х 39.36 in. (99.97 x 99.97 cm.)
Signed, inscribed, on the photograph by the artist.
Print/Casting Year 2009
Edition 8
Lot description
"Gobi 1KM Series no. 5" (2009) is a visually arresting color photograph from the Series "Gobi 1 KM" that documents the Chinese Contemporary artist Wang Lin (China, b. 1974) in midst of a larger performance piece. This work measures 39.36 x 39.36 inches (100 x 100 cm), is from an edition of 8 and is in excellent condition. In this work, he has traversed 1 kilometer of the Gobi desert while nude and has hand-painted a line of red pigment paint across its snowy surface, upon which he lies, stands, or kneels. The red line, of course, had many meanings here--the color of Communist China, as well as the artist's generational blood line, his heritage, and as a nod to centuries of Chinese history, art, tradition. The artist lies upon the line transversely, literally interrupting its path with his own body, thus connecting his birth and life-cycle to the blood-red "life line", as well as to China itself, but here also demands to be recognized as an individual.

Gobi 1KM Series no. 5 by Wang Lin
  • Gobi 1KM Series no. 5 by Wang Lin
  • Gobi 1KM Series no. 5 by Wang Lin
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