Chen Dongfan “Nevermore”

Fou Gallery

poster for Chen Dongfan “Nevermore”

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Fou Gallery presents the new exhibition Chen Dongfan: Nevermore. The exhibition includes a collection of Chen’s recent abstract works that shows an increasing tendency of improvisation.

To prepare for this exhibition, Chen spent 11 days in his new studio to complete the Space Painting Project (Studio, 2018), as a visualized recreation of a scene from Somerset Maugham’s novel The Moon and Sixpence. Chen Dongfan’s space paintings extend from the ceilings to the floor and four walls, presenting a wild and dynamic space filled with bizarre moments. Even though a concrete imagery is absent, the vitality of life is present through the explosion and fluctuation of lines and colors. The narrative in Moon and Sixpence is based on the life of the French artist Paul Gauguin, who also created a painting titled Nevermore after he moved to Tahiti island. While Chen initiated an imaginary conversation with Strickland in his painting process, the title of this exhibition is also an attentive homage to Gauguin. The context in the Chinese and English titles work together as an unique narrative, echoing both the works exhibited in the gallery space and the space paintings in his own studio.

Chen Dongfan (b.1982, Shandong Province, China) 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 has continued to exhibit in the U.S.A. and China, and he has been actively participated in various public art projects in Hangzhou, China and Athens, Greece. His recent exhibitions include: Chen Dongfan: Heated Bloom, Inna Art Space, Hangzhou (2017); Chen Dongfan: You Know My Name, Not My Story, Fou Gallery, New York (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); Chen Dongfan: So Sweet, Inna Art Space, Hangzhou (2012).



from April 14, 2018 to June 24, 2018

Opening Reception on 2018-04-14 from 17:00 to 20:00


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