Meng Huang


The Chinese painter Meng Huang is on an exploratory path. In his recent “Flyover” series, 2008–, he approaches the human form in five stages, almost as if crossing a mountain, first painting the whole figure from below, then moving in to show the hunched body from a closer vantage point, next attaining a bird’s-eye view, descending again through the details, and finally looking at the same face of a human again, but from a changed perspective.

Meng’s new series “Helmut: Five Faces of Man,” 2010, part of the broader “Flyover” series, was made while the artist was in residence at the castle of Wusterhausen /Dosse in Germany. Meng is married to a German and lives partly in Berlin, but he does not speak the language. The series of five numbered portraits was his attempt to understand something about the country and one of its citizens without words. Initially he wanted to paint a priest, but

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