Multimedia maverick Kenneth Tin-Kin Hung creates dense digital art domains that will blow your brains!
Kenneth Tin-Kin Hung is the Hong Kong-born, Brooklyn-based artist-insurgent pushing the envelope around electronic art. He creates wide bandwidth digital dynamos of all sorts of socio-political ephemera, be it Donald Trump as The Predator, Hillary Clinton as a moneyed up, menopausing Mystique; Vladimir Putin as a mock-heroic Michael Jackson or Miley Cyrus as a Thanksgiving turkey ejecting Ted Cruz out of her arse.
Making montage, pastiche, vector graphics and video art, Kenneth tackles the issues of political corruption, transnational terrorism, environmental pollution, the media, art, etc., concentrating on the current power structures of our evolving global economy. He rips the world’s power-lusters and hypocrites to shreds, exposing their double standards, shady deals and sinister stratagems.
In his latest and brilliant oeuvre, #SHITWARS — THE SHIT AWAKENS, he concatenates a wide range of current events and pop cultural variables — geopolitics, the election cycle, the ‘cash nexus’, internet memes, etc. — and clobbers you with a kind of hardcore hallucinatory realism. His digital canvases include insanely cool optics tied together with hi-def anime, swathes of astro vivid colorways, slick centripetal pixelations and a brilliantly coded graphical user interface.
Cryptic symbols, interactive emojis and archetypes accumulate and disintegrate before your eyes; visual glitches pop, morph, cascade and loop. Its progress is synchronized with stirring soundtracks from The Dead Kennedys and Queen Ifrica, and paired with sly slogans, cool typeface and scathing parodies of just about everything in our postmodern global village.
Kenneth is a veteran provocateur. His past works included raunchy images of Chairman Mao melded and mutated into pop icons like Marilyn Monroe and the Mario Brothers. He has explored the plasticity of sound symbols and homophones in Chinese language while simultaneously slamming the authorities for censorship. And he has designed bang-up book covers for starchitect Rem Koolhaas. When asked about his artistic aims, he puts it like this: “My art is all about depicting the world’s interconnections and interdependencies through an intense visual discourse. I use and remix images from everywhere in life — pop culture, politics, advertising, the web, etc. — to reflect the nuances of globalization and to point out all the glaring contradictions in global society, politics, international affairs, etc. Through multimedia I aim to explore the nature of our digital commons while touching on the topics of identity, sexuality, power politics and culture.”
Ken delivers a vivisection of 21st century political economy and pop culture using savvy social coding, tech smarts, digital dada and clever satire. We can’t stop clicking.