Lingxiang Wu is a visual artist currently living and working in Toronto. He studied Photography and Film/ Video Production at SUNY - Buffalo where he received his Bachelor degree in Arts. He is now pursuing an MFA in the Interdisciplinary Master’s of Art, Media, and Design Program at OCAD University. Wu is interested in topics such as post-production, the aesthetics of rough/smooth, and boredom.
I want to make sense of the pervasive and complex digital modernity that overwhelms my senses and sends me spiraling out of control. I need to dive into my troubled waters and expertly navigate my reality. Hence, my artistic research focuses on comprehending the senseless and dull digital obscurity and its effect on social behaviors.
Under the influence of Paul Strand’s “Wire Wheel,” I began using experimental video and abstract photography to capture the geometrical elements of architectures. Aesthetically, I became more conscious of how the use of formal qualities could affect the content of my images. Moreover, Inspired by surrealistic works of Man Ray, Teun Hocks, and Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison, I learned the transformative power of integrating a subject/object in constructed spaces. I then adapted the idea by taking out fragments of my photographs to re-position them in a somewhat uncanny configuration. Consequently, geometry and fragmentation are utilized to simplify content and convey my point of view effectively.
Stimulated by artworks from the modernist Avant-Guard, which embraced, challenged and redefined the understanding of art practices and social spaces within the industrial revolution, I see my work and artistic research situated at the crossroad of the post-industrial era and the early beginning of the techno- logical time-space. Doing so, I am interested in addressing the somewhat uncanny situation created by the coexistence of the material world and the developing immaterial space of virtual social reality.