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Jingzheng Hu

Jingzheng Hu, born in 1999, is an artist from China. They graduated from the second studio of the Printmaking Department of the Central Academy of Fine Arts of China with a bachelor's degree in 2021, and studied printmaking at the Royal College of Art, receiving a master's degree in 2023.

This image is taken from section of his graduation work. His works mainly explore the internal relationship between individuals and society, through subconscious creative methods to create images.

RCA.   Jingzheng Hu

His research topic is based on the philosophical concepts of the "desiring- machine" and "the body without organs", as referred to by Deleuze and Guatari in their book 'Anti-Oedipus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia. The "desiring- machine" mainly elaborates on the control of consumers in capitalist society, introducing production and scarcity into desire, and deliberately changing new value orientations to create unnecessary needs for people. The "body without organs" is a body without solid tissue, a body that escapes from its socially connected, standardised, symbolic, and subjective state. And the operation of production is a systematic and organized machine. In order to escape this deliberate systematic organization, he attempted to break free from this control by constructing an organ free body.

Jingzheng uses printmaking as a medium to create a kind of free surreal desire body space, through the use of linear narrative and black and white images, to escape from the reality of spectacle society. Line corrosion is the most intuitive manifestation of his subconscious creation, and he uses black and white images because they have deeper and hidden meanings. This work is attempting to explore the internal relationship between different time periods, body consciousness and the social environment.

Desire Ladder( series)

The six series of works are named "Desire Ladder", each depicting the physical state of my imagination at different important stages of life, from birth to aging, from chaos to Tai Ji. I view society as a large-scale game, and the ladder symbolizes the threshold set by social rules, which are not only my path to "success" but also my path to "escape".

Series one    16x23cm  zinc etching, printmaking
Vanish tailThis work tries to imagine the fetal period. The fetal state is ignorant and fragile, but it is as vibrant as a bamboo shoot. It is difficult to imagine that it has completed millions of years of human evolution in just one year. In the fifth to sixth week of fetal formation, the shape resembles a curled seahorse, but then the tail slowly disappears as if in human evolution. The arrangement of genes has already defined the future development trajectory of the body.
Series two    16x23cm  zinc etching, printmaking
Weightless spacecraftThis work imagines and recalls my state of being in a child's life stage. During this stage, I mainly express a feeling of weightlessness. Childhood should have been full of fun and exploration, but since I was a child in school various rules and pressures of the school have always entangled me. I have no space for myself and I am like a toy with a rattle drum, being collided with each other on both sides - a pressure of dreams and reality, losing gravity and direction.
Series three    16x23cm  zinc etching, printmaking
Uncomfortable seatThis work symbolizes the feelings of my youth and also belongs to the age I currently am. The space blockade caused by the epidemic has alienated my legs and feet. The sofa seat symbolizes a comfortable circle, and my legs and feet seem to have become a part of the sofa, requiring charging to maintain power. The hidden crisis is also downstream of my comfort. I am passionate and impulsive, but I am disorganized and have no specific purpose.
Series four    16x23cm  zinc etching, printmaking
A floating castleThis work imagines my middle-aged body, which can be seen as a castle with a complex system. With each step in life the closer I get to the imprisoned castle, the stronger the sense of contradiction and opposition. Six ethereal clouds represent some of my childlike fantasies, supporting my entire floating castle body. The idea of showing retreat gradually returns and the helplessness of compromising with reality.
Series five   16x23cm  zinc etching, printmaking
A tenacious brainThis work imagines of my body in old age, with a white beard hanging all over my chin. My body's functions have declined, and my limbs are no longer flexible. Wearing a duckbill hat on my head hides my still active thoughts. I am unwilling to accept the status quo but also conform to it, blending satisfaction and regret. Memories hover within my body, and I am even more hopeful for a new life.
Series six   50x50cm   zinc etching, printmaking
The Island of TruthThis work is the main body of the entire series and the platform I ultimately reach on the ladder of desire in life. It is the space where I break out of my own framework and examine my life trajectory in society from a God's perspective. In the prison cage of my imagination, various fragmented desires are blocked. I reach this platform and try to release my desires from the cage, although I know the final outcome is leading to death, I still bravely walk on the path of pursuing truth and the value of life.
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Medium:

Etching on zinc, printmaking, Clay, Comprehensive materials

Size:

2mx1m unequal sizes