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Quirky visual candy

ARTISTS source their inspirations from dreams, travels, midnight epiphanies and simple things.

For Belarusian artist Vladimir Dubko, browsing Google Images is as good a place as any.

The Shanghai-based artist's opening exhibition "Detailed Delusions" at the Art Labor Gallery provides a much more elaborate show than found on online.

In one room, a sense of old and new collide.

Dubko's intricate wood works pay tribute to craftsmanship of a bygone era and his digitally made silhouette prints with quirky details represent things modern.

The wood works are all hand-sanded and hand-finished and hand-made silk screens are placed over them.

It's a labor of love and so fine is the work, the artist could be mistaken for having a background in carpentry, although he admits using a saw to make the initial cuts through pine.

Dubko works at the advertising agency McCann Erikson, but continues with his personal art work, specializing in digital and graphic work.

It is clear the artist has an affection for the pretty things in life - high heels, fish-net stockings, pearls, gems and palm trees populate most of his works.

As he puts it: "I re-imagine the commonalities of the world to produce an aesthetic that is universally recognized, yet original and freshly attractive in its new form."?

He likes to clash images in peculiar ways: a shapely leg in fish-net stockings pierces a net hammock in one of his digital works.

In "Losing T.E.M.P.E.R Here," a large wood work, numbers in digital form fall through egg timers.

"To me the resultant work is a quirky visual drama candy of storytelling through stereotypes and symbolism, the synergy of real and made images that creates bizarre situations in dramatic landscapes."

Date: through January 5

Venue: Art Labor Gallery, 10 Yongjia RdTel: 6431-7782


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