Legends by Alex Guofeng Cao

In “Legends” Alex Guofeng Cao creates a series of images of  some of the most notorious pop culture Icons. At a glance almost anyone can identify some if not all of the paintings.  But, upon closer inspection, one can see that these stars are composed of a constellation of tiny repetitive images each slightly differing from its neighbors.  The arrays of miniscule visages that compose and conspire to form the larger portraits are famous images themselves.  The plot thickens as one realizes that there is a play, a dialogue between the chosen characters that inhabit each other.

About Cao:

Alex Guofeng Cao came to New York searching for his pursuit,  came upon photography, which easily became his passion.  Inspired by such masters as Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, Edward Weston, and Robert Mapplethorpe, Cao ceaselessly studied and experimented with all methods and techniques in photography.  While adept with color, Cao’s preferred medium is the black and white image. Cao’s deep fascination with the subtle gradations of tone between the deep black and the stark white are the generators for all the colors he needs to create his world.

The method of creation forAlex Guofeng Cao is really that of composing a mosaic of memories into an impression of the present.  Impressed and greatly influenced by the ideal forms and proportions of the iconic and statuesque sculptures of the ancient Egypt, Greek and Roman eras, Cao’s works can be said to have their roots in western antiquity.  Another great source of inspiration are impressions from his trip a decade ago of the mosaic floors and walls of Naples and Pompeii.  It’s the combination of these two base strategies that allows Caos’ works to take shape.

The images are imposing and arresting to say the least.  With their immense dimensions, their presence can be felt from quite a distance away.  The powerful oversized main images and the armies of tiny images that compose them are specifically paired to create a dialogue.  The histories and backgrounds of each of the characters are pitted against each other.  The image of Marilyn Monroe is populated by countless diminutive images of the Mona Lisa.  These two women are, arguably, the most famous women in the world.  They share an unusual bond in that they are both, in some ways, fictional characters.  The pairing also suggests another connection in that they are both fantasies.  One is the fantasy of the 20th century and the other is the singular fantasy and imagination of DaVinci.

 

ARTWORK

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Gisele vs Brady by Alex Guofeng Cao
Gisele vs Brady by Alex Guofeng Cao
2009
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Flag vs JFK by Alex Guofeng Cao
Flag vs JFK by Alex Guofeng Cao
2009
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Sudan vs Carter by Alex Guofeng Cao
Sudan vs Carter by Alex Guofeng Cao
2009
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Liz vs Burton by Alex Guofeng Cao
Liz vs Burton by Alex Guofeng Cao
2009
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Sinatra vs Minnelli by Alex Cao
Sinatra vs Minnelli by Alex Cao
2009
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Horst vs Degas by Alex Guofeng Cao
Horst vs Degas by Alex Guofeng Cao
2009
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Mapplethorpe by Alex Guofeng Cao
Mapplethorpe by Alex Guofeng Cao
2009
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O’Keffee by Alex Guofeng Cao
O’Keffee by Alex Guofeng Cao
2009
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Mao Portrait vs Marilyn by Alex Guofeng Cao
Mao Portrait vs Marilyn by Alex Guofeng Cao
2009
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Michael Jackson by Alex Guofeng Cao
Michael Jackson by Alex Guofeng Cao
2009
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Miles Davis Hands by Alex Cao
Miles Davis Hands by Alex Cao
2009
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Frida vs Frida by Alex Guofeng Cao
Frida vs Frida by Alex Guofeng Cao
2009
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Miles Davis by Alex Cao
Miles Davis by Alex Cao
2009
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Deneuve vs Bardot by Alex Cao
Deneuve vs Bardot by Alex Cao
2009
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Mick Jagger vs Keith Richards by Alex Guofeng Cao
Mick Jagger vs Keith Richards by Alex Guofeng Cao
2009
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Gahndi vs Mother Theresa by Alex Guofeng Cao
Gahndi vs Mother Theresa by Alex Guofeng Cao
2009
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Mother Theresa vs Gahndi by Alex Guofeng Cao
Mother Theresa vs Gahndi by Alex Guofeng Cao
2009
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Obama vs Lincoln by Alex Guofeng Cao
Obama vs Lincoln by Alex Guofeng Cao
2009
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Pamela vs Courbet by Alex Guofeng Cao
Pamela vs Courbet by Alex Guofeng Cao
2009
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James Dean vs Elvis by Alex Guofeng Cao
James Dean vs Elvis by Alex Guofeng Cao
2009
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Elvis vs John Lennon by Alex Guofeng Cao
Elvis vs John Lennon by Alex Guofeng Cao
2009
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John Lennon vs Elvis by Alex Guofeng Cao
John Lennon vs Elvis by Alex Guofeng Cao
2009
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Dylan vs. Elvis by Alex Guofeng Cao
Dylan vs. Elvis by Alex Guofeng Cao
2009
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Bruni vs Sarkozy by Alex Guofeng Cao
Bruni vs Sarkozy by Alex Guofeng Cao
2009
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Brigitte vs.Eve by Alex Guofeng Cao
Brigitte vs.Eve by Alex Guofeng Cao
2009
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Princess Diana vs Prince Grace by Alex Guofeng Cao
Princess Diana vs Prince Grace by Alex Guofeng Cao
2009
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Princess Grace vs Prince Rainier by Alex Guofeng Cao
Princess Grace vs Prince Rainier by Alex Guofeng Cao
2009
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Audrey Hepburn vs. Dietrich by Alex Guofeng Cao
Audrey Hepburn vs. Dietrich by Alex Guofeng Cao
2009
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Mao vs Warhol by Alex Guofeng Cao
Mao vs Warhol by Alex Guofeng Cao
2009
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Andy Warhol vs Mao by Alex Guofeng Cao
Andy Warhol vs Mao by Alex Guofeng Cao
2009
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Marilyn vs Brigitte by Alex Guofeng Cao
Marilyn vs Brigitte by Alex Guofeng Cao
2009
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Marilyn vs Mona Lisa by Alex Guofeng Cao
Marilyn vs Mona Lisa by Alex Guofeng Cao
2009
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Jackie vs JFK by Alex Guofeng Cao
Jackie vs JFK by Alex Guofeng Cao
2009
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Marilyn vs JFK by Alex Guofeng Cao
Marilyn vs JFK by Alex Guofeng Cao
2009
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JFK vs Jackie by Alex Guofeng Cao
JFK vs Jackie by Alex Guofeng Cao
2009
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JFK vs Marilyn by Alex Guofeng Cao
JFK vs Marilyn by Alex Guofeng Cao
2009