Buddha Forsaken
Date: 2018-2019

Having lived in both China and the US for years, Xu has been exposed to traditional eastern ideology and innovative concepts in western contemporary art. He believes in the possibility of blurring cultural boundaries through conceptual art. Xu chooses to reconstruct people’s view of the Buddha, a traditional icon. Under his hand, each Buddha’s head comes into view with either glossy or rough textures and various glazed colors from porcelain-like white to jade and bronze. What is more important to Xu is not the Buddha as a deified symbol but the individual human labor behind the construction of each cultural icon. Therefore, under his hands, deep parallel cracks run through each individual Buddha’s head as the signature of the Artist.

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