“Was it a vision, or a waking dream? Fled is that music – do I wakeor sleep?” John Keats questions at the end of ‘Ode to a Nightingale.’The same euphoric sensation of dreaming is questioned when your eyesembrace the work of Lu Cong. His portraits,the faces very carefully selected by the artist, appear bothhauntingly and beautiful on the canvas. Their somewhat etherealportrayal is contrasted by the extremely precise, photorealisticscenes that linger behind them. These slight differences cause theviewer to enter a limbo of sorts and question the reality thatconfronts them. Lu Cong is from Shanghai but currently resides inColorado. Hi-Fructose correspondent Zach Tutor checks in below.