One of Yue Minjun's "A-MAZE-ING LAUGHTER" series of large patinated bronze statues commissioned for Vancouver's Biennale 2009 - 2011. The statues were so popular that the city purchased them as a permanent display.
Yue Minjun uses his own iconic face in a state of hysterical laughter as a signature trademark. Recognized universally as a sign of happiness, the 'smile' raises questions of intent and interpretation.
One of the most influential contemporary artists in China, Yue Minjun represents the new wave of Chinese artistic freedom. "SHI XIANG SHENG" represents Yue Minjun's Canadian debut.
This is the actual color of the bronze and the white sky behind - no photo manipulation.
Lifelong photographer Ramona Johnston divides her time between Calgary and Canmore, in Canada's beautiful Rocky Mountains. Ramona comes from a family of artists, including woodworkers, weavers, quilters and painters. In 2007, Ramona was named one of Calgary's Top 40 Under 40.
I have traveled extensively with my husband and two young sons, and enjoy finding beauty in unexpected places. Other than making my children laugh, nothing thrills me more than capturing a once in a lifetime photograph!
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