Jane Zhang’s ‘Dust My Shoulders Off’ Video Is a Surreal Pop Art Masterpiece
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Life imitates art (or rather, art imitates life) in Jane Zhang‘s unreal new music video for “Dust My Shoulders Off,” her breezy, upbeat, no-f—s-given iTunes Top 10 bop with producer and collaborator Timbaland.
The refreshing, imaginative clip kicks off with Zhang wandering a museum as someone on her cell phone—a terrible boss, it sounds like—chides her for making a mistake as she apologizes profusely.
Suddenly, Zhang appears inside one of the famous paintings (Edward Hopper’s 1942 “Nighthawks”), and things only get more surreal and Wonderland-esque from there.
Throughout the video, the Chinese crossover pop star turns up inside a number of iconic international artworks, from Vincent Van Gogh’s famed self-portrait to Johannes Vermeer’s “Girl With a Pearl Earring,” for which Zhang’s face is literally painted.
She also makes an appearance lounging under a parasol in Georges Seurat’s “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte,” as well as shrieking in Edvard Munch’s “The Scream,” all before entering a Salvador Dalian dreamscape of surrealist proportions.
Zhang also references a handful of real-world pop culture moments, like Men in Black and Mike Tyson’s infamous ear-biting incident, drawing a cheeky parallel between fact and fantasy.
Soon, our almost-Alice ends up right back where she started from, and high school art teachers everywhere are shook.
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