GAO HANG
GAO HANG!

A big man in 600x800px 72x60 2021

GAO HANG

GAO HANG!

December 16th, 2021- January 29th, 2022

Opening: Thursday, December 16th from 6–8pm

86 Walker Street, New York 10013

The Hole is proud to announce our first solo exhibition by Texas-based artist Gao Hang (b. 1991, China). He presents a show of new works looking at contemporary life with one foot in the 90s and one in the future.

Gao’s visual language comes from early video gaming where volumes were rudimentary polygons and textures were applied in broad strokes. When designers started programming 3D first-person shooters instead of flat, side scrolling games, the expansion into the third dimension was clunkyand gorgeous.  These periods of growing pains where the technology was in an in-between state and designers were sailing fast into uncharted waters provide a lot of visual excitement that, especially in hindsight, is darkly comedic. 

While the style is very specific to mid-90s gamer culture, the existential themes in the work are timeless, or at least date from the Pop era where depth was found in shallowness. The artist aligns himself with the Neo-Pop movement, pushing a palette of primary neons and surfaces from blurred airbrush to hard-edge. If oil painting was invented to paint the illusion of living flesh, acrylic is a great way to make it look dead: neon paint has enjoyed a resurgence as well for kids who grew up staring at screens, as it is the easiest way to make a painting look lit-up. The human eye is drawn to backlit or glowing things, and these paintings both entice and repel. I would call them dystopian but I personally find them so fun and upbeat; I guess it depends whether you like the thrill of the ground disappearing beneath you as you accelerate into the unknown future!

This is the first solo show in New York for this Texas-based artist, and thus he also presents himself, as reflected in the show title, GAO HANG! He has exhibited in his home town of Houston, TX as well as London and with us in East Hampton, NY this summer.

Email raymond@theholenyc.com for more information.

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Gao Hang, A Perfectly Beautiful Hand, 2021. Acrylic on canvas, 16 x 20 inches, 41 x 51 cm.

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Gao Hang, Angel Of The Day, 2021. Acrylic on canvas, 60 x 48 inches, 152 x 122 cm.

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Gao Hang, Losing The Freedom of Shaming People2021. Acrylic on canvas, 48 x 48 inches, 122 x 122 cm.

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Gao Hang, Cyber Bully2021. Acrylic on canvas, 60 x 72 inches, 152 x 183 cm.

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Gao Hang, Go Hug A Tree2021. Acrylic on canvas, 72 x 36 inches, 183 x 91 cm.

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Gao Hang, I Am So Pathetic Copying Donald Judd Like That2021. Acrylic on canvas, 72 x 24 inches, 183 x 61 cm.

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Gao Hang, What A Terrific Audience2021. Acrylic on canvas, 72 x 180 inches, 183 x 457 cm.

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Gao Hang, Vote Against Your Closed Ones2021. Acrylic on canvas, 72 x 24 inches, 183 x 61 cm.

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Gao Hang, Your Mountains Are So Fucking Full Of Meaning2021. Acrylic on canvas, 60 x 72 inches, 152 x 183 cm.

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Gao Hang, Inarguably Beautiful2021. Acrylic on canvas, 72 x 24 inches, 183 x 61 cm.

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Gao Hang, My Photoshop My Choice2021. Acrylic on canvas, 60 x 72 inches, 152 x 183 cm.

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Gao Hang, A Bigger Man In 600x800px2021. Acrylic on canvas, 72 x 60 inches, 183 x 152 cm.