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coup de foudre - Limited Edition 1 of 5

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coup de foudre - Limited Edition 1 of 5 Photograph

lucas lai

United States

Photography, Color on Paper

Size: 32 W x 46 H x 1 D in

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In 2010 I moved to Beijing to work for the artist Ai Weiwei, preparing his photography retrospective. I would commute over an hour every day from downtown Beijing to his studio in CaoChangDi, outside the 5th Ring Road. My walk from the bus station to our studio would bring me under a bridge where the walls were often covered with hand painted numbers and Chinese characters. I later found out these were primitive forms of advertising, offering various services and the telephone number to call. Every few weeks I would be surprised to see these "ads" haphazardly painted over. As a means to censor and "harmonize and beautify" the city, local government would routinely paint over these ads. Of course it would only be a matter of days before new ads were painted again. I started to photograph the walls under the bridge, as I found the texture of the wall and the way paint dripped down the concrete to be beautiful. I then hand colored the images in photoshop, and created the works of art you see here. I don't think this outcome was what the government intended, but in my own small way I am happy to be able to subvert an attempt at censorship by transforming it into something beautiful. This original photograph is an archival pigment print on premium matte Hahnemuehle paper, shown mounted on 1/4 inch sintra, and framed in a custom handmade wood frame. The face of the frame is 1/4 inch wide and the depth is 2 inches. Sold unframed. Edition of 5 prints only.

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Photography Print:Color on Paper

Artist Produced Limited Edition of:1

Size:32 W x 46 H x 1 D in

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In contemporary art, beauty is often regarded as superficial. However, I believe that beauty is a fundamental challenge and responsibility which faces all artists. How do we imbue our creations with something that is beyond form and so diverse in its expression, yet so deeply personal to both the creator and the viewer. They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I try to find this beauty, in the world and in myself; translate it into something tangible for others to enjoy. I seek to create images which serve as catalysts for emotions, whatever they may be. This is the ultimate power of art - as a way in to yourself. *I am working on getting open edition prints of my work available on this site for those who prefer prints than originals, please contact me via my website for more information. www.allthingsdirt.com www.instagram.com/lucas1005

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