Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Jay Chou Portrait with Coffee Cup Stains

After the great success of “Portrait with a Basketball” and Sunflower Seeds Portrait, Shanghai based-Artist Hong Yi aka Red is back with extraordinary portrait with Coffee Cup Stains…it’s simply incredible. Enjoy the photo gallery and the official video.

” The project was inspired by the opening line in Jay Chou’s song, ‘Secret/不能说的秘密’. It is inspired by the opening sentence, about lifting up a coffee cup off the saucer, “冷咖啡离开了杯垫”. The ending of the song is about autumn leaves and fragmented pieces, “飘落后才发现 这幸福的碎片, 要我怎么捡?”. This is shown through the portrait as a whole – how it’s formed by many individual rings, many of them broken and imperfect like fallen autumn leaves, forming Jay Chou’s portrait. The story of the song is about Jay traveling back 20 years in time and meeting a girl. Jay disappears one day, and the girl only has a memory of how he looks like, so she sketches his portrait out. My painting is meant to look like a sepia-toned old photograph to capture the essence of this story.”

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