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Zhu Ming is a Chinese performance artist whose themes include the
passage of time, physical stress, loneliness and twarted attempts at
"He often performs inside a specially created
balloon which, for example, during a performance May 8, 1999 slowly
fills with water. His body is covered with a fluorescent paint
(probably toxic) and he paints the inside of the balloon with Chinese
ink. The atmosphere inside the balloon causes the ink to disappear
almost immediately, and the artist's time in the balloon is constantly
limited by the slow and steady filling of the balloon with water.
Chinese ink is synonymous with the history of Chinese art signifying
both rebellion and tradition, all of which is inseparable from the work
of these young artists."
In the early 1990s, Zhu Ming lived at
Beijing East Village, which was considered the most experimental of the
artists' villages in and around Beijing at that time. Art produced by
East Village artists has earned the attention of many collectors of
contemporary Chinese art, the most famous work being the group
performance The Anonymous Mountains raised by a Metre, 1995 in which Zhu Ming participated.
Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, Vol. 1, No. 2,
Summer/August 2002, pg. 24;
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