The Codes of Urban Art

The Codes of Urban Art
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Two artists, both young but with an age difference of almost ten years - two visions influenced by hip hop and by what is generally referred to as counterculture. Within the works of Chen Xuanrong and Huang Yulong, there are the echoes of the dynamics of life in the city, the concrete jungle, offering, in a truly unique and intimate way, a vision of urban life in China today. For both artists, as with hip hop culture, the key to communication is in story-telling in the first-person, narrating where you come from, who you really are and what you have to say, powerfully, decisively. The young Chen Xuanrong, born in 1991, creates a portrait of his generation through enigmatic hooded sculptures, a highly recognisable, shared image of street culture. Huang Yulong (1983), painting graffiti on canvas, creates cross-cut views of the city, urban envi-rons in line with today’s world, comprised of ongoing encounters, but also lots of confusion and uncertainty.
Chiara Vedovetto - © 2018 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Shanghai