Monkey Magic — How the artist ANTZ is using Chinese mythology in street art with simultaneously subversive and conservative results

“In the worlds before Monkey, Primal Chaos reigned. Heaven sought order. But the Phoenix can fly only when its feathers are grown. The four world’s formed again and yet again, as endless aeons wheeled and passed. Time and the pure essences of heaven, the moisture of the Earth, the powers of the sun and the moon worked upon a certain rock, old as creation. And it became magically fertile. That first egg was named ‘Thought’. Tathagata Buddha, the Father Buddha, said, ‘With our thoughts we make the world’. Elemental forces caused the egg to hatch. From it then came a stone monkey. The nature of Monkey was irrepressible!.” — Narrator, Monkey TV Series, 1978
The Nature of Monkey Is Irrepressible — Artwork by ANTZ
“TTLD” by ANTZ, mixed media on digital print, #1/1, 21.0cm x 29.7cm, 2016
Artist: Anthony Antz Chong



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