Wang2Mu’s Retro Grotesque

Thinking about my 80s upbringing, I’m not too sure if life has really changed all that much between then and 2011.  True, kids today don’t call each other on the landline, and have also seen more cat videos than I ever did at their age, but hey, small potatoes. China’s post-80s generation, on the other hand, born on the cusp of their country’s breakneck economic development, have experienced some truly seismic stuff, with much about life today being nearly unrecognizable from the distant past.  Wang2mu is an illustrator living in Guangzhou who explores post-80s themes and nostalgia through a warped “schoolhouse” aesthetic.  Crowded by urgent slogans, his grotesque children straddle rockets, robots, and other generational emblems.