Zhou Yan Contemporary Chinese Art Archive 周彦当代中国艺术档案

 

Title

Little Toys

Creator(s)

Wei GUAN 关伟

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Date

1991

Format

Slide

Materials

Acrylic on canvas

Dimensions

87 x 46 cm

Description

Each work in this series consists majorly of a grey-white generic figure, of whom is engaging with activities that keep him entertained (scratch his back, burn the incense, for examples).The figures are set against a dark, grey-blue background which gives rise to an aura of despondence. The work, according to MCA Sydney, tells the audiences of the frustration, isolation, and loneliness GUAN Wei has experienced as he negotiated his Chinese identity with that of him being an immigrant of Australia at that time. (Cramer, Guan Wei: Storyteller, 2012, MCA Collection, Volume 1 by Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney, N.S.W.), available on https://books.google.com/books?id=E0VKdlh5gfsC&pg=PA446&lpg=PA446&dq=guan+wei+little+toy&source=bl&ots=4ecP0MLful&sig=ACfU3U1TbAdJ1DUHorkWOjMA-D2r_-k5IQ&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjJlcqp9OTtAhVBVs0KHbKkApo4ChDoATAGegQICBAC#v=onepage&q=guan%20wei%20little%20toy&f=false) (Jerry Wu'23).

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