From Elle, Cosmopolitan and Vogue to the Chinese Arts Centre: Chen Man in Manchester

By Ben Miller | 23 February 2012 | Updated: 22 February 2012
An image of an art work showing young women balancing on a line above clouds
© Chen Man
Exhibition: Chen Man, Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester, until April 7 2012

Perhaps it’s fitting that Chen Man, a young photographer who admits to heavy manipulation, complex layers of post-production, a hyper-real image aesthetic and a desire for “unobtainable perfection”, should have become of a favourite of Elle, Cosmopolitan and Vogue in her native China.

Still only in her early 30s, Man has enjoyed a meteoric rise since graduating from Beijing’s Central Academy of Fine Art in 2005, counting advert commissions for Adidas, Nike and Motorola among her latest projects.

This is the first chance for UK audiences to see her in a solo show, demonstrating her ability to mix street culture, animation, sci-fi and pop art in seductive, saccharine visual fairytales which hint strongly at the rise of consumer culture in the East.

The underlying allusion, suggests the gallery, nods to a new generation growing up in a changing China.

  • Open Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm. Admission free.

More pictures:

An image of girls in dresses balancing above clouds with a rainbow in the background
Young Pioneers at Thee Gorges Dam (2009)© Chen Man
An image of a painting of a Chinese woman in a red dress against a dark red backdrop
Red Crest (2008)© Chen Man
An image of a kaleidoscopic face
Goldfish Master (2004)© National Museums Liverpool
An image of a graphic of a fashion model in colourful headgear
Erotica (2003)© Chen Man
An image of a graphic of a model in a light red dress against a dark red background
Red Lotus (2008)
© Chen Man
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