Wang Du’s large-scale sculptures interrogate the disorienting effects of global mass media — a reality-bending machine that reduces significant events to sound bytes and turns trivial matter into a deluge of information garbage.
Wang refers to his monumental sculptures and installations as “three dimensional images.” Wang’s subjects are cropped just as glossy graphic imagery and front-page photos are cut off by their frames. Pieces faithfully simulate the exaggerated one-point perspective found in pictures and are then blown up to massive scale. Wang Du’s art takes the events, images and messages of our media-saturated era and turns them into visually overwhelming sculptures, capturing the immense impact they have on our experience of the world.
“Wang Du is arguably one of the most relevant artists of our time. He takes on the subject of contemporary media, and shows how it increasingly invades our lives. Wang is somehow able to portray that experience in a way that truly represents the full force of information’s pervasive grip,” says René de Guzman, Visual Arts Curator for Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.