"'It looks like someone being beaten with police batons,' he said."
"The mask’s precarious placement atop the pile of earth suggests that when the volcano does erupt, the individual will be the first to burn."
"The canvas teems with the bodies of fish curving among thick, chaotic, layers of black palm fronds, pink petals, green leaves, concentric ripples, butterflies and butter-coloured birds."
"This dedication to a drawn-out, labor-intensive process and unwillingness to take shortcuts exudes an exacting, nourishing reverence—not for any of Altfest’s male sitters, but for the very act of painting itself."
"Accordingly, the grown children of the diaspora often arrive back in present-day Hong Kong with uncertain dual identities; are they Hongkongers, or do they bear the mark of the country their parents landed in?"
"Can artful institutional design have a humanizing impact?"
"Normalizing, if not romanticizing, deadly weaponry has permeated North American culture since the first colonies appeared here."
"The music, crowd and announcers have fallen silent and all that remains is the sonically-magnified sounds of the two fighters’ exerted bodies moving about the ring and their gloves brutally meeting flesh."
"This is especially true in America, where a residual Cold War mentality and competition for global supremacy has bolstered the Trumpian myth: China as an omnivorous monster rousing from political inconsequence to devour the Earth."
"Her identity fluctuates between human and beast; the image questions whether members of our species are just animals dressed up as people—brutish, opportunistic and violent."
"Mathematics emerged as an unlikely and absurd language of love."
"Among the objects are beans, weapons, sausages, pirate videos, sexual-enhancement drugs, and one dead bird; the work is a motley archive of desire, violence, and restraint."
"For all its significance in the world, lovemaking lasts, on average, just eleven minutes."
"Wang levels the playing field of desire, realigning man and the man-made, and pointing to the absurdity of our hope that objects could love us back."
"The affordability of cheap computers and pirated software gave people access to the tools necessary to experiment with film, sound, animation and video; this expanded access to technology resulted in a generation of Indonesian artists with strong IT skills who disseminated their work across their own vast social networks."
"The work performs a counterproductive politics: bolstering that which it purports to undo."
"There was a time when lawlessness was king and opposing forces lived, plotted, colluded and fought out their differences without the intervention of authorities."