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Danish Artist's Shocking Art
2006-03-19 09:33:04    Shanghai Daily
(By Michelle Qiao) "Rape Kill Steal Burn," "Kill Me Fast" ... Danish artist Kristian von Hornsleth has splashed astonishing slogans all over his paintings and self-designed jewelry showcased in his exhibition "Just Be Rich" at the DDM Warehouse.

With his long, silver hair, it's easy to assume this artist is a true demon. However, this is not the case. Hornsleth appears to be a very nice man, wearing blue sunglasses and a comfortable sports jacket.

"I'm a vegetarian and my wife is pregnant now, this will be my third baby," says Hornsleth, who has quit his architect job because of his "impatience" to be an artist/philosopher.

Hornsleth is a non-smoker and never drinks alcohol. He loves playing tennis and has a boat in his hometown of Copenhagen. As a 40-something man, he emphasizes the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. All in all, not only is he far removed from the life he's painted, he is much healthier than most.

"I use this method to wake up the public," says Hornsleth. "Art is not boring, it's intelligent entertainment. I want to arouse discussions."

Hornsleth has spent the last three weeks creating dozens of works for the Shanghai exhibition, utilizing pictures from Chinese magazines and even sketch books of art school students. He has had some of the shocking slogans translated into Chinese and wrote them himself in gigantic characters on his paintings.

His works are very colorful, shocking, ridiculous and funny. Several paintings are about classical art. There are also a few golden clay sculptures shaped like female genitalia.

"People don't expect to see this in classical paintings. It's like torture and it's very cynical," he says.

There are plenty of nude bodies scattered throughout his works.

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