The first of Ren Hang's series of self-published photo books gathers some of the artist's earliest and most notorious images. Ren typically leaves little to the imagination and his raw and provocative exploration of nudity and eroticism has stirred controversy in China where his works have faced criticism for being obscene and vulgar. Very often his images show friends and lovers. And while his photos never quite tip over into pornography, sex is an ever present theme.
Like many young artists of his generation in China the work of photographers such as Nobuyoshi Araki and Wolfgang Tillmans is a powerful influence. To this Ren brings his own twists on trash pop culture, fashion and Japanese horror. The result is a body of images that overflows with raw energy and a mischievous desire to challenge conventional boundaries of taste and art in a still highly conservative society.
Issues of identity and reinvention are near the heart of Ren’s work and connect to the social media environment in China where Ren has successfully cultivated a cartoon-like bad-boy image, largely as a result of his personal website where many of these pictures were first published. Fashion and lifestyle shoots for various indie magazines both in China and overseas have further helped to make Ren an underground celebrity.
Limited edition of 500 numbered copies.
Rare like many Ren Hang titles. Near fine to fine condition.