They Completely Control Their Hosts’ Nervous System, 2022
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.