Altered State: Deciphering Urban in the Art of Chen Xuanrong and Huang Yulong

Chen Xuanrong, Huang Yulong

28th Oct - 9th Jan 2019

191 South Suzhou Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai, China, 200002

The duo exhibition, Altered State: Deciphering Urban in the Art of Chen Xuanrong and Huang Yulong, echoes the dynamics of urbanity anywhere, while also forging an entirely unique way of conceptualizing the new urban individuality of China. Two artists, with almost a 10-year gap in age difference, create works influenced by hip-hop – or what we interchangeably call, ‘street culture.’

With its uncompromised and in-your-face attitude, hip-hop has swamped the minds of urban youths everywhere, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender or age. Hip-hop owes its beginnings to a particular time and place, but as it has traveled across the oceans, its state has inevitably been altered. Nowadays, the movement owes its originality and authenticity to the area wherein it is practiced and lived. The key to hip-hop culture has always been - and always will be - about telling the story of one’s own self - where one comes from, who he really is and what he has to say.

Presenting new works for the duo exhibition, Altered State: Deciphering Urban in the Art of Chen Xuanrong and Huang Yulong, the artists make statements about their identities and surroundings. They do not attempt to establish guidelines for defining urbanity in China, but rather express their fascination with it. Yulong sculpts a new face for his generation, while Roy outlines an urban setting that is more up-to-date with the period of diversity and integration, confusion and uncertainty that the two artists live in today.

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The duo exhibition, Altered State: Deciphering Urban in the Art of Chen Xuanrong and Huang Yulong, echoes the dynamics of urbanity anywhere, while also forging an entirely unique way of conceptualizing the new urban individuality of China. Two artists, with almost a 10-year gap in age difference, create works influenced by hip-hop – or what we interchangeably call, ‘street culture.’

With its uncompromised and in-your-face attitude, hip-hop has swamped the minds of urban youths everywhere, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender or age. Hip-hop owes its beginnings to a particular time and place, but as it has traveled across the oceans, its state has inevitably been altered. Nowadays, the movement owes its originality and authenticity to the area wherein it is practiced and lived. The key to hip-hop culture has always been - and always will be - about telling the story of one’s own self - where one comes from, who he really is and what he has to say.

Presenting new works for the duo exhibition, Altered State: Deciphering Urban in the Art of Chen Xuanrong and Huang Yulong, the artists make statements about their identities and surroundings. They do not attempt to establish guidelines for defining urbanity in China, but rather express their fascination with it. Yulong sculpts a new face for his generation, while Roy outlines an urban setting that is more up-to-date with the period of diversity and integration, confusion and uncertainty that the two artists live in today.

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