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Hong Hao, As It Is—The Writings of a Hundred I, 2011, pencil on found paper mounted on aluminum, framed with wood and acrylic, 47 1/4 x 76 3/4 x 2 3/4".

Hong Hao

Beijing Commune 北京公社

Hong Hao, As It Is—The Writings of a Hundred I, 2011, pencil on found paper mounted on aluminum, framed with wood and acrylic, 47 1/4 x 76 3/4 x 2 3/4".

For the past decade, Hong Hao has made work that deals in the economies and aesthetics of accumulation. “My Things,” a photographic series begun in 2001, is made up of composite images derived from the scanned photographs of the artist’s possessions. The objects range from the mundane to the whimsical—books, toilet paper, passport, pens, wallet, toothpaste, letters, and so on. The effect is both intimate and overwhelming. At the time, the series was read as a statement on excess and contemporary China’s burgeoning material and capitalist culture. One piece in particular, My Things No. 6—The Hangover of Revolution in My Home, 2002, featuring all the objects from Hong’s house relating to the Cultural Revolution era, served as the exception that proves the rule, making explicit the tension between Communist history and the consumerist present.

The fascination with found

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