Inflating Society II
This painting features Song’s most complex composition of inflating bodies—the large body of one figure extends across the picture’s frame, surrounded by no less than seven bodies contained in their individual compartments. The central figure both unites and separates the adjacent figures, grabbing one man’s tie with his left hand while another man’s tie flutters over his legs at the bottom left of the composition. A resultant difficulty in making sense of the cacophony of heads, hands, suits, belts and ties is purposeful, reflecting the crowding of “civilization”.
Oil on Canvas