I Know Where You Live, 2023
Acrylic and oil on canvas
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About the Artist
Michael Gao (b. 2002, China) paints to explore digital culture and politics through intense colours and unique compositions. Gao delves into the meme culture in Asia and the United States, examining themes of censorship, technology, and the political climate as represented in the online world. He blends figuration and symbolism with digital found images, resulting in surprising connections and comical outcomes. Gao captures the absurdity of both the real and digital landscapes, creating a hyper-reality filled with contrasts, satire, and cultural references.
About the Artwork
I Know Where You Live dives into the internet and explore the digital landscape as an alternative reality on its own. I collect visual material from various sources and infuse them with reconstructed and distorted portraits of celebrity lookalikes. Combined with word plays and references to popular culture in the titles, these bizarre paintings take on a more humorous tone, reflecting this lighthearted aspect of the internet.