Evolution – North Wall of Mogao Cave No.320, Grebo Mask
Dimensions : 129 x 180 cm
Materials : Oil on canvas
Year : 2020

As a development from Xu Zhen’s signature “Eternity” series, the “Evolution” series is rooted in cultural elements spanning time and space and focuses on cultural differences within globalisation. It ventures beyond the scope of Classic culture into that of subcultures and primitive art. Behind the gratifying sensory experience, the artist presents the cognitive changes brought about by the development of the Internet — as connection becomes increasingly convenient and the channels for knowledge acquisition grow, complex qualitative changes are foregrounded.