Chi Peng creates a different reality in his work, fusing a variety of subjects into different environments, creating new fantastical worlds. In his latest works, he created an alter ego of himself based on a character from the Chinese mythology – Journey to the West. Written in the 16th century, the adventures of a monk, Xuan Zang, who is accompanied by his three disciples to collect Buddhist scriptures from India. His main disciple, Sun Wukong, is a rebellious monkey who posseses great magical skills, whom Chi Peng creates his other self.
© Chi Peng
© Chi Peng
More of this series can be seen here. I grew up with these tales and it creates an uneasy feeling when I see the character interacting in modern society’s settings. Reality is bent, where the ancient mixes with elements from the modern world – cyberspace and anime. I wish I could see the prints for myself, as it seems like some were made to resemble traditional Chinese paintings.
His older works include pictures of the artist himself placed in awkward and thought provoking situations. Similarly, images of himself are digitally manipulated onto urban spaces in China. The most interesting series would be ‘I Fuck Me’ where he has sex with himself under the desk, in a public phone booth and in the bathroom.
As Chi said, “This series reverberates with our generation, the ’80s character. Many young people from the 1980s are the only child in their family. We have better economic condition and we more call for self-independence. The ‘80s is quite different from earlier generations. We never experienced the great reforms of Chinese society. We only enjoy a prosperous economy. ”
His older series, ‘Run’, involves him running naked around landmark buildings in China.
In the digital images, a young naked man, without restraint and unafraid of rules and standards, is running among the huge buildings, which seem to stand for authority and capital.