Gao Hang, born in 1991 in Baoding, China, currently lives and works in Houston, Texas. The artist evokes the new pop movement of postmodernism through the use of subject matter and colour as conceptual and structural scaffolding.
I think to have a career that one sincerely love is the best thing that can happen. So, of course I would choose this over anything. I respect art as a subject, just like any other subjects, like math, physics, astronomy, In terms of the amount of research, experiment, consistency, repetition, exploration, and discussion etc.
My inspiration comes from people of my generation, in terms of how they behave online and offline. Also, art books often give me constant, reliable inspiration. I am sure my art process has something to do with my habits and obsessions. I mostly listen to standup comedy while making my work. I enjoy standup comedy that challenges general beliefs, and political correctness, yet at its core is negotiating between the observations, language, and laughter of a given performance. Then you realize that it’s no paradox, but a good conversation between the performer and the audience. At some point, my paintings are like standup comedy, they can only do so much about solving real problems. But brutal honesty, absurdity, and humor are very powerful qualities in any type of conversation.