AK-47 (G.10) (2008) is one of the most dynamic paintings by famous Chinese Contemporary artists Zhang Dali, titled after the artist’s self-given street name.
Zhang Dali deconstructs the portrait by painting a grid-like series of horizontal rows of text that repeat “AK-47” across the entire canvas, eradicating the complete portrait of the boy. When viewed from a distance the 1-inch high “tags” disappear and the portrait appears in full. When viewed up-close, the portrait is fractured by the graffiti, eradicating the identity of this young man.
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