Around the Art World in 52 Weeks – Han Bing, China

Thursday, March 19 2015

Many people have asked why there is still a need for fine art photography since everyone can take photos nowadays with their phone. For aesthetic reasons, perhaps there is little need even though some photographers take grander photos than most people. However, for aesthetic reasons alone, some paintings also may not be appealing to the masses such as those white-on-white paintings or the “black” paintings by Ad Reinhardt. Everyone seems to be able to paint white or black paintings, on the surface, at least. For conceptual reasons, the connection between an artwork and its viewers is beyond the question of a "need".  A conceptual artwork, whether it is aesthetically appealing or not, depicts cultural, economic and social reference, such as these photography works by Han Bing, a multidisciplinary Chinese artist, based in Beijing. 

In fact, in this Han Bing’s conceptual photography series, titled “Urban Amber”, the photographs filled with garbage and poisonous pollutants are shockingly beautiful but yet conceptually disturbing.   He mirrored the polluted rivers full of garbage and industrial waste with modern high-rises, buildings or trees to create these visual representations to question the glamorous modern life in the shadows of people’s own creation of pollution in the rivers surrounding them.







Image credit: Han Bing's Website