Cultural Devolution by Casey McKee

American artist Casey McKee was born in 1976 in Phoenix, Arizona. Since 2003 he has been living in Berlin, where he works as a freelance artist. His works, a conceptual blend of photography and painting, are exhibited and bought throughout Europe, the United States and East Asia.

“The artworks are about my impressions of an evolving China that I observed while living in Shanghai. I used traditional clothing from the Qing Dynasty to represent China’s former peak of power, and combined them with images of western goods as they integrate in the 21st century as not only the manufacturer of such goods, but increasingly also major consumers. The women with the patterned backgrounds represent the young women who have been moving from rural villages to large cities to find work, and who often end up as the primary income-earner of their families. This changes the social dynamics of the families and has empowered the young women with greater independence.”

Casey Mckee’s works vary from series to series. Frequently it is about power structures and systems. With each and every series, the artist centers on a single concept that he explores with the aid of a number of pieces to create a narrative. He often uses humor or absurdity in order to not be didactic. The viewer is invited to draw his own conclusions.

 

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