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電音禪境 (Zen Temple of Techno)
  • Du Kun
    born 1981
    born: Pengxi County, Sichuan, China ; active: China
  • 電音禪境 (Zen Temple of Techno), 2017
  • Where object was made: China
  • oil on canvas
  • Object Height/Width: 210 x 140 cm
    Object Height/Width: 82 11/16 x 55 1/8 in
  • Museum purchase: Gift of Hope and Marshall Talbot in memory of their daughter Tracy Lynn Mopper
  • On view: Kress Gallery, 407, N9
  • 2017.0058
Label Text

Exhibition Label:
"Forms of Thought", 15-Oct-2016
This painting depicts Julia Govor (see image below), a Russian-born electronic musician who got her start performing in a small military town in Abkhazia. Since moving to New York City a few years ago, she has emerged as an innovative force of electro/experimental techno. According to the website Mixcloud, at the core of her live performance is “an ever-present element of emotional truth and a quest to redefine her audience’s relationship with beat.” Like other large-scale portraits in this series, Du Kun intentionally deifies cutting-edge musicians as architectonic embodiments of East Asian religious temples and grottoes as a way of combining his deep love of contemporary music with his spiritual life.