This week's Art Focus is on artist DU Kun and his surreal portraits of Chinese rock stars rendered as temples built into the sides of mountains and cliffs. The faces of each subject is assembled with a mystic combination of elements such as air, earth, and water leading to a god-like temple structures overlooking their own fiefdoms and worshippers (not unlike how recording artists have rabid fan communities). The series entitled Gods of Rock Festival can in part be attributed to his own interest in music in his youth where he himself made professional debut as a rock musician while still at art school. The Chinese artist's work can be seen at Mizuma Gallery in Tokyo through February 13th, his first showing in Japan. Via Hi-Fructose.
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