TANG Maohong
Orchid Finger
2004
8 minutes 12 seconds
Video | Multi-channel animation
Edition of 8
code: TMHU006

Music by JIN Feng

The distinctive aroma of art invented by TANG Maohong permeates his animation installation Orchid Finger as well as the silkscreen prints related to this piece. It is smart, humorous, peculiar and amusing. All the figures are displayed within round frames traditionally adopted in Chinese painting for themes like flowers and birds. The description of scenarios including flowers, pagodas and mushrooms has significantly deviated from still pictures in traditional sense. Talking in a straightforward language, it is a surreal world with self-humour, where human, animals and plants interacting with each other all gather together in the big carnival. The artist successfully presents a professional technique that combines tons of imagination and sensitivity obtained from everyday experience and then translates them into recognizable style characterized by exaggeration and uniqueness. What is reflected in his image world is not just the naissance of a new theme. Instead, it is imagination of a soul attached to flowing iconographic environment as well as reversal from tradition that bears too much to move.

Detail pictures:

Video Clips:

Related Exhibitions:
The Compiler Screenings 2019 11.19, 2019
ShanghART Video Art Salon / Talk & Screening: Black Ponderings No. 1 09.08, 2017
Tang Maohong: Orchid Finger 09.01, 2017 -12.01, 2017
Temporary Boundary 04.23, 2015 -06.06, 2015
TransMedia Art & Fashion Exhibition 05.24, 2012 -06.07, 2012
Spectrum 09.27, 2011 -11.25, 2011
Huge Character 09.03, 2011 -12.07, 2011
Art Stage Singapore 2011 01.12, 2011 -01.16, 2011
Rotating Shanghai I Dec,2010 -Feb,2011
ShanghART Summer Exhibition 07.21, 2009 -08.26, 2009
ShanghART Summer Exhibition 07.21, 2009 -08.26, 2009
Metamorphosis 06.29, 2009 -07.30, 2009
An Unforgettable Tour 11.08, 2008 -11.09, 2008
7th Shanghai Biennale 09.09, 2008 -11.16, 2008
Facing Reality 04.09, 2008 -04.26, 2008
China 10.26, 2007 -02.10, 2008
Imagery Play 09.29, 2007 -11.10, 2007
Beyond Empire 07.08, 2006 -08.20, 2006
Sunday Jun,2006
Orchid Finger 01.10, 2006 -02.28, 2006
A Lot of Ash - A Lot of Dust 06.02, 2005 -06.04, 2005
Asian Traffic 2005


Collections
Hammer Museum, Gift of the Haudenschild Collection


Related Texts:
A lot of ash – A lot of dust , Lu Leiping 2005
Statement of "Orchid Finger" , Tang Maohong 2004


Related Works:
Orchid Finger-8
Orchid Finger-11
Orchid Finger-9
Orchid Finger-10
Orchid Finger-2
Orchid Finger-4
Orchid Finger-6
Orchid Finger -01
Orchid Finger-5
Orchid Finger-12
Orchid Finger-3