Chen Wei’s work is characterised by elaborate photographic scenes, featuring an assortment of found memories choreographed into a surreal studio like setting. The artist takes inspirations from modern Chinese literatures and makes many sketches from which he works to physically construct the envisioned scene. Each of Chen Wei’s existing series takes a new subject and location as a starting point, from bus shelters to singular figures set in a dilapidated room. Chen Wei belongs to a new generation of Chinese contemporary photographers who forgoes traditional documentation of the surroundings. They take a new focus on the subject and idiosyncratic languages, an approach shared by Jeff Wall, Cindy Sherman and Gregory Crewdson.
Chen Wei. (Image courtesy of Artshare)
Art is important in my life, because...my life comes from it.
Art goes best with... work.
Three words that best describe art according to you... But why three?
Chen Wei, Sand and Nobody No.1, Archival Inkjet Print, 125 x 165 cm, 2007. (Image courtesy of Artshare)
An art exhibition you have enjoyed recently... Martin Creed’s exhibition at Hayward Gallery in London.
Best city to go to for art... I don’t know.
Your favourite museum in the world... Hamburger Bahnhof Museum für Gegenwart in Berlin.
Chen Wei, I Feel That Geometry Is A Difficult Subject Ⅰ, Archival Inkjet Print, 60 x 70 cm, 2009. (Image courtesy of the artist, Artshare, and Gallery Exit)
An artist (dear or alive) you would like to have lunch with... Leonardo da Vinci.
Chinese contemporary art for you is... Just Chinese contemporary art.
Chen Wei, Rain Umbrella, 100 x 100 x 130 cm, Aluminium, Acrylic Paint, Wood, Nylon, 2011. (Image courtesy of the artist, Artshare, and Gallery Exit)
There is no definite answer to this question. A lot of different things in life can trigger inspirations, even the little details that I encounter in daily life. It can occur when I go out, when I talk to my friends, when I watch TV or read magazines, when I surf the Internet, or when I come across an artwork that can be either mine or other’s.
Chen Wei, Dance Hall (Sober), Archival Inkjet Print, 150 x 188 cm, 2013. (Image courtesy of Artshare).
At first I worked on videos, installations and photography, but I had never thought of choosing a particular medium. Eventually there came considerations about the studio and the circumstances, and I thought that photography would be a more suitable medium for me to continue my work in art. Therefore I focused more on photography, which slowly became the major part of my creation. It does not have any special meaning to me.
Since last year I have been working on a project related to disco, which I will hopefully complete by the end of this year. This project involves photography as well as installation. There will continue to be extended use of indoor and outdoor settings, but I have also included some scenes and objects, as well as human portraits. On top of this project, I have also worked on other series.
Any views or opinions in the post are solely those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the company or contributors.
Back to Top
Sign up for the latest updates
in contemporary art & design!