lu xinjian: city DNA paintings
mar 26, 2012
lu xinjian: city DNA paintings


‘moscow’ (2010), part of lu xinjian’s ‘city DNA’ painting series
acrylic on canvas
120x150cm

in his ‘city DNA‘ series, chinese painter lu xinjian abstracts the forms of cities based on aerial views from google earth.
xinjian first sketches a design while looking at the map, next turning these patterns into stencils using adobe illustrator
and a cutting plotter before painting them with acrylic on canvas.

while the colours and chaotic lines at first glance seem purely graphical, perhaps even reminiscent of keith haring’s work,
the designs actually represent what in architecture is termed ‘city DNA’: the structure and form, whether planned or happenstance,
of an urban settlement. the colours of each piece are chosen based on the official city and national flags.

see more on lu xinjian’s site


‘stockholm’ (2010)
acrylic on canvas
200x120cm


‘the triumph of new york’ (2010)
acrylic on canvas
120x150cm


‘munich’ (2011)
acrylic on canvas
140x220cm


‘hong kong’ (2010)
acrylic on canvas
200x110cm


‘shanghai’ (2011)
acrylic on canvas
200x400cm


‘los angeles’ (2010)
acrylic on canvas
200x400cm


‘port of LA’ (2011)
acrylic on canvas
200x300cm


from left to right, top row: london, fribourg, madrid, paris
bottom row: groningen, las vegas, new delhi, kyoto


installation view of ‘london’ (2010)
acrylic on canvas
115x170cm

via the creator’s project

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