Red Guards – Going Forward! Making Money
Langham Place, Mongkok
Langham Place, Mongkok, Hong Kong Photo: Slightly Subversive Lobby Sculpture.
Arts In Langham Place Hotel, Mongkok, Hong Kong. In Langham Place Hotel, Mongkok, there are many arts pieces placed around the hotel. Red Guards – Going Forward! Making Money by Jiang Shuo. Closed-up view of the other Red Guard holding a book or … ?
I saw the Red Guard Sculpture upon arrival at the hotel on my first day. I was attracted to these two Red Guard. When I saw this, I immediately felt that it is Marching Forward in the modern world. I recalled seeing a street wall painting in Singapore with the traditional ladies holding a modern equipment/tool and these modern equipment/tools were in red. It seems like the artist when they have a contrast of traditions versus modern. The traditions image will be in dark colours while the modern icon will always be in red. I was having lots of fun, taking pictures of these two Red Guard.
However, Jiang became famous with her iconic "Red Guard" series begun in 2003. These anonymous, open mouthed warriors who wear the Red Guard uniform, are cast in the ancient lost wax technique. They carry either a red flag or The Little Red Book, and reflect both her personal experience as a young Red Guard during the Cultural Revolution, and her observations from abroad of China's emergence into a capitalistic machine. In 1993, after her family gained Austrian citizenship, Jiang returned to China and witnessed first-hand the changes that were occurring, and the ironic situation that was taking place; the Red Guards who previously persecuted the "bourgeois" elements of society had now become the successful businessmen or capitalists driving China's burgeoning economy. As Jiang's work progressed her Red Guard figures, for example, Cloud Rider - Terracotta Red (2008), and Run 2 (2006), began posing alongside material items that replaced The Little Red Book. They now sang karaoke, drank Coca Cola, ate McDonalds, rode atop flashy automobiles – all reflective of the lifestyles of rich businessmen pursuing a life filled with commercial luxury.
Jiang Shuo (Chinese: 蔣朔; pinyin: Jiáng Shuò) (born 1958, Beijing, China) is a Chinese contemporary sculptor. Jiang Shuo was born in 1958 in Beijing, China. She studied sculpture at the Central Academy of Arts and Design, now the Academy of Fine Arts, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China from 1978–1982, and was one of the few women to do so. She studied under the sculptor Professor Zheng Ke for three years, becoming the first sculptress in China to complete a post-graduate degree. Jiang then became a lecturer at the school from 1986-1989. After winning a scholarship to a university in Austria in 1989, she immigrated with her sculptor husband, Wu Shaoxiang and their three-year old son. They settled in Klagenfurt, Carinthia where they established a joint studio. Since then Jiang has widely exhibited her sculptures around the world, including Austria, Indonesia, Singapore, and Switzerland. Her works are also regularly sold through galleries, and at auctions in Beijing, Hong Kong, and New York. Many of her works are included in major private and museum collections as well.