View In Room
View In Room
Acrylic on paper, cotton, rag with grass
Dimensions: 76.2cm (H) x 55.9cm (W) / 30" (H) x 22" (W)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
Chen Dongfan: Nevermore is on view from April 14 to June 24, 2018. This is Chen Dongfan’s second solo exhibition with Fou Gallery, following his debut with the gallery in 2017. The exhibition includes a collection of Chen’s recent abstract works that shows an increasing tendency of improvisation. This work is related to the exhibition.
The exhibition’s Chinese title “Zuo Ye Xing Chen Zuo Ye Feng (昨夜星辰昨夜风)”, which literally means the breeze and the stars from yesterday evening, is an excerpt from the poem “Untitled” written by Li Shangyin, a foremost Chinese poet of the late Tang Dynasty. The English title “Nevermore” was inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s poem The Raven, in which "Nevermore" is repeated eleven times. Chen suggests that the exhibition title and and his works should be viewed separately. However, the subtle connection between the Chinese and the English titles activates an imaginative space, which seems metaphoric and elusive.
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Hometown: Shandong Province, China
Based in: New York and Hangzhou
Chen Dongfan obtained his B.F.A. in Experimental Art from the China Academy of Art, Hangzhou in 2008. He currently lives and works in New York and Hangzhou. Chen’s work has continued to exhibit in the U.S.A. and China, and he has been actively participated in various public art projects and created large scale space paintings in New York, Hangzhou (China), Turin (Italy) and Athens (Greece). His recent exhibitions include: Chen Dongfan: Nevermore, Fou Gallery, New York (2018); Chen Dongfan: Heated Bloom, Inna Art Space, Hangzhou (2017); Chen Dongfan: Punk Bookstore, Square Peg Gallery, New York (2016); Chen Dongfan: Child Wants to be a King not an Artist, Inna Art Space, Hangzhou (2016). In April 2017, he presents his first solo exhibition at Fou Gallery, New York - Chen Dongfan: You Know My Name, Not My Story. In July 2018, he is selected by NYCDOT and Chinatown Partnership to implement a 4800 square foot asphalt mural on Doyers Street - The Song of Dragon and Flowers.
Dongfan described his work as "not about dreams, but rather a kind of reality, a kind of memory, a mental world, the intersection between sensation and illusion, which requires time to find a way in." He is interested in how images are transmitted over time and what are the information and the sensations people received through transmission; nevertheless, he still pays special attention to the materialistic aspect of paintings, experimenting with the texture through layers of paint and welcoming diverse outcomes of it.
陈栋帆2008年毕业于中国美术学院综合艺术系。他常在美国，中国，以及欧洲等地举办展览，并曾在纽约、杭州（中国）、都灵（意大利）、雅典（希腊）等地进行大型公共壁画创作。近期展览包括：陈栋帆：昨夜星辰昨夜风（否画廊，纽约，2018），陈栋帆：锻炼 （清影艺术空间，杭州，2017），陈栋帆：朋克书店（Square Peg 画廊，纽约，2016），陈栋帆：国王的巡游（清影艺术空间，杭州，2015）等。2017年4月他在否画廊举办首次个展《陈栋帆：罗曼史》。2018年他被纽约市交通局和华埠共同发展机构选中执行大型公共艺术项目——《龙与花之歌》，将中国城总长61米的重要历史街道宰也街转换成一幅巨大的空间绘画。
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