Sculptor Wu Zuguang, also a resident in Shangyuan Artists Village in North Beijing like me, came here from Tianjin several years ago. Shortly after holding his solo show in Tianjin in 2003, he abandoned the hustling and bustling urban life and moved his whole family to this small, quite mountain village. Obviously, Shangyuan is a better place for him to focus on his creation and life. Over the years, he has rolled out a large number of more excellent works.
He was not a professional sculptor at the beginning, but this has just inspired him to do more in his endeavor. He has a unique understanding on style, which endows his sculpture with evident personality, no just reflected by the concise modeling, suitable exaggeration about the profile and the abundant imagination about the space, but also mirrored by the generality and humanities his work has to offer. What the sculpture follows are not only the apparent changes in this era, but also the spirits and mentalities as a result of such apparent changes. His critic stance about the spiritual alienation and inhumane condition brought about by modern civilization has made his works be equipped with a precious value in the contemporary era.
The work made by Wu Zuguang is interesting at the first sight, but you can still identify the helpless and bitter life from within. Figures he depicts are neither tall heroes, nor modern women; rather, his works remain focused on the most common people in everyday life. But, it is through the life of common people where he sensitively takes note of something hidden deep in their spirits: loneliness, harshness, difficulty, hidden anguish, helplessness, wish, expectation…That being said, his expression about these heavy themes are rather relaxed, interesting and humorous. He provides a deep sympathy and humanistic care for these small potatoes through his relaxed and interesting style.