Gao Xiaowu, a native of China’s Fujian province, is a graduate of the Central Academy of Fine Arts’ sculpture department. His solo and group exhibitions have been widely displayed in Beijing, Shanghai, Australia, Korea and Taiwan. Gao currently lives and works in Beijing and his unique interpretations are a natural fit for the culture- and style-centric Opposite House.
Gao’s Soft Violence series at The Opposite House includes Chromosome, where he examines the moment of birth with highly realistic larger-than-life newborn baby sculptures, each measuring 9 ft. in height. The sculptures are depicted at the time of birth, in a state of innocence, shielded from negativity and resistance from the real world (vs simply existing in a state of cuteness). Gao views a child’s development process as experiences that struggle against the “soft violence” of an intense pace of work, tight urban spaces, inflationary pressures and the ubiquitous control of information.