The Luo Brothers: Chinese Contemporary Art

      Yesterday in lecture Michael Micketti briefly presented the Luo Brothers, and I was instantly intrigued to explore their works. The collaborative siblings –Luo Wei Dong, Luo Wei Bing and Luo Wei Guo–work in various mediums to create an overall kitsch masterpiece. Works on paper, lacquer on wood (including carved wood panels), and statues from lacquered resin have become the brothers’ ranging trademark mediums. The Luo Brothers integrate statements on their nation’s current consumerist society with Chinese orientalist motifs, as well as signs of the communist revolution they experienced during their childhood.

Although many of the Luo Brothers’ art is executed on either paper or wood, I was really drawn to their “fat naked baby” lacquer on resin statue series. The idea for these babies revert backs to an oriental symbol that is associated with success and prosperity. These humorous chubby figures are juxtaposed with modern day consumerist objects and symbols, predominantly Pepsi, pizza and burgers, as well as packs of  beer cans. These statues personally scream kitsch to me, which I really enjoy. Unlike many other Chinese political pop art, which can be very confrontational, these statues express the siblings’ feelings in a playful and cute fashion.

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