Graduated from National Tainan College of Art Graduate Institute of Plastic Arts, Tung-lu Hung (1968, Taiwan) had major exhibitions in Taipei Fine Arts Museum, I-Tong Park, Contemporary Art Museum of Italy, and Hall-Ottawa Gallery in Canada. He was invited to participate in several international exhibitions: Venice Biennial (1999), 3les Recontres internationales de la Photographie, Arles (2000), Taipei Biennial (2000), Arco (2001) and Shanghai Biennale (2004). His work is collected by China Century Foundation in Paris, Marco Noire in Italy and Taipei Fine Arts Museum.
Hung currently lives and works in Tainan.
In the world of Hung's writing and art, artificial commodities become immediate reality and Nature myth. Plastic dummies, mass-produced religious icons, artificial flowers, and electrical lighting dominate Tung-lu Hung’s visual vocabulary. In his work, he shows how objects have become the new religious icons of Consumerism and how traditional beliefs have been corrupted and stripped of all religious value. In the world of increasing globalization, Hung proposes the loss of cultural identity. While Hung’s native Taiwan is absent from his work, there remains an interesting confrontation between East and West. In this manner, an international media-capitalism pervades his work.
photo by Jeff Hargrove