Lingxiang Wu is a Chinese queer visual artist currently based in Toronto/Tkaronto. Wu completed a BA degree double major in Studio Art - Photography and Media Studies at the University at Buffalo in 2015 and an MFA degree in Interdisciplinary Master's of Arts, Media, and Design at OCAD University in 2019.
His work investigates the entangled relationship between images and us across physical and digital spaces. Today's digital communication platform performs like a giant meat market within the phantom of Neoliberal capitalism. Visual content is stripped naked to accelerate information exchange, thus stimulating instantaneous gratification of desire. Images are now atmospheric, creating strong wind gusts with bold-lettered messages, coming at us from all angles to sway, push and agitate.
Through experimentation with photographic collage, video, animation, VR, and installation, Wu uses artistic methods as visual detours. Re-imagining the digital/urban space into visual experiences where viewers can look into and dwell within, encouraging the moments of contemplative lingering.
Wu's work has been exhibited internationally in CEPA Gallery in Buffalo, Art Mur in Montreal, and various galleries in Toronto, including Xpace, SAVAC, and Whippersnapper Gallery. In 2021, Wu was awarded a grant from Canada Arts Council through the Research and Creation program for his ongoing research project, Digital Landfill: A Strategic Retreat from Hypervisibility. Currently, Wu is participating in a research initiative, Virtual Grounds, hosted by Trinity Square Videos and the Digital Justice Lab as a researcher and artist.