Yao Cong’s artwork Under Blue explores gender politics through beauty, pleasure, disgust, danger, violence, the erotic and the artificial, conveying an uneasy feeling of voyeuristic power to the viewer. The work explores performance and the body in the form of a video piece that makes careful use of close-up shots, alternately masking and revealing glimpses of the subject matter. Fragmented colours and textures are layered, producing imagery which is part abstract, part figurative; from the colours and textures, a living body occasionally emerges. The spectator’s attention to those colours and textures is rewarded even when the context is obscured. Under Blue is among artworks selected for Becoming, a group show presented by Sedition and Subject Matter at RCA’s Dyson Gallery in February 2017.
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