For Yin Zhaohui, photography is synonymous with consumer culture: its representation supplants the ‘real’ with an economy of image-ideals, establishing a ‘normalcy’ of perception based on degeneration and distance. Working from photographs rather than from life models, Yin appropriates photography’s mechanical aesthetics to emphasise and heighten this estrangement. In his paintings of the body, Yin concentrates on distinctly human features — such as the hands and face — to disrupt this system of expectation. Devices such as greyscale palette, forced lighting effects, and areas of intensified or diffused focus reinforce an unnatural perception of these intimate details, creating a jarring sense of the uncanny.

Rendered with clinical austerity, Yin’s Untitled, on first glance, appears as an abstraction of cylindrical forms – like an Escher-esque pile of sausages – implausibly entwined, weirdly seductive and repulsive with their organic suggestion. The image is of course, a large ’close up’ of hands. Inspired by John Coplan’s Self Portrait Fingers, a series of work where Coplan photographed his own hands in a variety of sexually evocative positions, Yin’s paintings construe the intrinsically human as something alien and dead. Yin executes this painting with a slick pop veneer, framing his inanimate appendages in the language of commodity fetishism.

0
    0
    Your Cart
    Your cart is emptyReturn to Shop

    Thank you for your enquiry!

    Your message was sent and one of our Admin team will respond as soon as possible.

    If you have an urgent question, please call our front desk on 020 7811 3070.

    For more information on how we store and use your data please view our privacy policy here. You can unsubscribe from our newsletters at any time by clicking on the links below the emails we send you.

    Essential Information Before Your Visit:
    Click Plan Your Visit for full information on upcoming closures.

    Register for email updates
    Be the first to hear about the latest Saatchi Gallery exhibitions, events, offers and news