Absent of its color drenched skies, Alex Guofeng Cao’s rendition of Edvard Munch’s composition Der Schrei der Natur (The Scream of Nature), still rings with an exhaustive, rushing shriek, that of nature translated through expressionism.
By contrasting The Scream with the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci, Cao juxtaposes the ultimate face of insanity with the ultimate face of composure.
About the artist:
Originally from China, Alex Guofeng Cao is an established photographer now based in New York. He credits photography greats such as Avedon, Weston, and Mapplethorpe for inciting his passion for photography and artistic experimentation.
His preferred medium is black-and-white, saying that it is only the colors of this spectrum that he needs to create his world. With exhibitions in galleries and museums around the world, Cao’s work has quickly resonated within the collecting world.
By juxtaposing two iconic images, Cao encodes greater meaning into familiar images of pop icons and masterworks. Cao has exhibited at prestigious shows such as Art Basel in both Switzerland and Miami Beach; Scope Basel and Scope Miami, ArtHamptons and more. His work has also been featured in prominent publications such as the LA Times, Haute Living, the Boston Herald, Art in America, The Miami Herald, and more.