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Art Photography

The Silent City: Digitally Assembled Futuristic Megalopolises by Yang Yongliang

February 18, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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Sleepless Wonderland, Lightbox, 2012

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Sleepless Wonderland, Lightbox, 2012 (detail)

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Sleepless Wonderland, Lightbox, 2012 (detail)

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Sleepless Wonderland, Lightbox, 2012 (detail)

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Snake and Grenade, Lightbox, 2012

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Snake and Grenade, Lightbox, 2012 (detail)

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Wolf and Landmines, Lightbox, 2012

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Full Moon, Lightbox, 2012

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Bowl of Tapei No. 03, 2012

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Bowl of Tapei No. 04, 2012

Chinese artist Yang Yongliang (previously) recently released three new bodies of work that will be on view at Galerie Paris-Beijing from from March 14th to April 27th, 2013. Born in Shanghai in 1980, Yongliang is known for his sprawling photographic collages that depict the devastating effects of uncontrolled urbanisation and industrialisation. At a distance the works look like traditional Chinese painting and calligraphy but when viewed up close, the peaceful mountains and seascapes are found to be choked with buildings, factories, and machinery. The images of above scarcely convey the detail in these pieces, but look at this high resolution version of Sleepless Wonderland to get an idea. Head over to Galerie Paris-Beijing to explore more of the three collections titled Silent Valley, Moonlight, and a Bowl of Taipei. All images courtesy the gallery.

 

 



Art Design

Green Pedestrian Crossing in China Creates Leaves from Footprints

August 25, 2012

Christopher Jobson

Jody Xiong of DDB China in conjunction with the China Environmental Protection Foundation created this wonderful outdoor campaign to create a subtle visual reminder of the environmental benefits of walking versus driving. Enormous white canvases with a bare tree were placed across 132 crosswalks in 15 Chinese cities. As pedestrians crossed their shoe soles were imprinted with a small amount of green paint, leaving behind a trail of leaf-like footprints. BBD estimated that nearly 3,920,000 people passed through the installations, and the final posters were eventually hung has billboards in several urban locations. Awesome! (via moeity)

 

 



Art

An Abstract Collage of Beijing Neighborhoods Creates a Colorful Stencil on a Dilapidated Courtyard Wall

July 20, 2012

Christopher Jobson

BlinkingCity is a unique collaboration between Marcella Campa and Stefano Avesani. The duo created this colorful abstract collage using several maps from the rapidly transforming Hutong neighborhoods in Beijing. Here’s how they describe it:

Blinking City is a project investigating the inadequacy of traditional maps for city environments characterized by fast pace transformation and urban growth. As soon as the map is done, the city it describes has already gone. We transferred one of the Blinking City pattern, based on a collage of several Hutong neighbourhoods of Beijing, onto a wall of a dilapidated courtyard house in Xianyukou district, located in the core of the city.

See much more of the project over on Behance.

 

 



Photography

An Underwater Tree in Jiuzhaigou Valley

July 12, 2012

Christopher Jobson

A stunning photograph of a submerged tree taken by Flickr user Melinda while visiting the incredibly beautiful Jiuzhaigou Valley in China. She also runs a great blog with all kinds of beautiful landscape goodness, well worth a visit. (via fasels suppe)

 

 



Art

Jiang Pengyi’s Miniature Decaying Urban Landscapes

September 12, 2011

Christopher Jobson


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When checking out the Blindspot Gallery site I almost skipped right over these photographs by Jiang Pengyi thinking they were nothing more than ruin porn, but a closer glance revealed something quite different. Amongst the filthy detritus in Pengyi’s photographs, entire miniature cities emerge from the shadows, as if the evolution of cockroaches had dramatically accelerated resulting in the construction of bug-sized skyscrapers and transit systems. Though the photos aren’t meant as commentary on wildlife, but rather the excessive urbanization, redevelopment and demolition in the city of Beijing. Many more images here.

 

 



Photography

China in a Mirror

July 26, 2011

Christopher Jobson

I’m loving the symmetry created in these mirror photographs of urban China by Austrian designer and photographer Atelier Olschinsky. See the entire series here, and his recently published illustrations entitled Game Zone are pretty mind-blowing as well.

 

 



Photography

Ngong Ping’s Fog No. 1 & 2

January 24, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Photos of cable cars at Ngong Ping in Hong Kong by Calvin Sun, available as giclee prints over at inPRNT.