In his recent exhibition at Postmasters, David Diao utilized his usual vocabulary of modernist tropes and infographics to revisit his own childhood. Titled "HongKong Boyhood," the show focused on the years 1949 through 1955, which the artist, then aged six to twelve, spent with his family in Hong Kong after they fled the Communist takeover of mainland China and before they immigrated to the United States. "HongKong Boyhood" served as the second chapter in an autobiographical narrative that began with Diao's 2009 Postmasters exhibition, "I lived there until I was 6 . . . ," which centered on the artist's early life in China.
Hung near the entrance to the gallery for "HongKong Boyhood," the large, horizontally bisected canvas Arrive/Depart (2016) provided a timeline for the period explored in the show. The upper half, painted bright orange, cont...Read more