Gao Xiang's Dreams Series
Gao Xiang's “The Dreams?” series focuses inward, addressing a complex array of concepts. The recurrent theme is a small male figure in various aspects to a much larger animal figure, usually that of a horse. Despite the dominant role of the horse in China’s traditions and history, Gao Xiang’s affinity for the animal is subconscious. He says: “I personally have a fantastic perception of a horse, as if a sense of mystery and complexity is embedded in the creature.” For Gao Xiang, the horse is as an extension of his soul. The horse is at times gentle and at others ferocious, a duality of character shared by humans.
According to Gao Xiang, the small male figure also represents himself in “different relationships with the horse, sometimes interdependent and sometimes in conflict.” At times, the male figure is shown looking into the distance, the pose representing Gao Xiang’s expectations for the future, still tinged, for now, with a sense of uneasiness