I always have the feeling of not being understood.
But there are always people want to tell me their secrets. They might think that I would understand how they feel. Well, there must be some misunderstanding, which I do not understand.
I don’t mean to make this exhibition to challenge the audience, see if they really understand my work. There are so many different ways to perceive and interpret an artwork. Thus I would prefer to create some misunderstandings, shifting the context of the work beyond its surface. In other words, it is not just what it is. I am fascinated by these misunderstandings between communication and perception. Instead of giving answers, I would rather ask questions, to make it more poetic with the possible ambiguities.
Therefore in my work, fail portraits of people suffering from Insomnia with their eyes closed. The camera lens is blocked off by someone’s finger, but produces even more light. The photograph of snow is not just the snow, also the Italian opera is more than just opera. Wanted to be accepted and to be understood, I tell some secrets to my friend but only videotaped their facial expression without my speaking voice. All the punctums are missing in my photobook gutter, but the emotions are still there.
For many years I have been dealing with all sorts of things about communication and perception. I studied advertising and PR in college, learning how to use different media to communicate with consumers. Singing in a choir for 10 years, I share feelings with the audience and also with other singers on stage. For now I am an artist. I try to reveal myself, but at the same time have to think of how the audiences would perceive my work. We are not only making art for ourselves, after all. Now I suddenly realize why people always think that I would understand them.
Then again, I still hope someone could understand me.
Born and raised in Taiwan, Chen received an MFA in Photography from Pratt Institute in 2012. His work has been selected for the New York Photo Festival’s 2012 Invitational, his series Nowhere in Taiwan is in the Permanent Collections of Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and he was chosen as one of Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward Emerging Photographers 2012. He was the 2012 New York Photography Award Student Fine Art Category winner, and he also won Jen Bekman Gallery’s Blurb book prize and a Hey Hot Shot! Honorable Mention.
Chen’s work has also been shown at hpgrp GALLERY NEW YORK, Foley Gallery, Ed. Varie Gallery, 25CPW Gallery, and ISE Foundation in New York.
His artist book In Between is available to purchase at major independent bookstores including MoMA PS1, Printed Matter, McNally Jackson and ICP bookstore.
畢業於紐約普瑞特藝術學院，攻讀攝影藝術碩士學位，曾獲得紐約攝影獎學生組純藝術類冠軍，Jen Beckman 藝廊 HeyHotShot 攝影大賽優選獎與書籍獎（Blurb Book Prize），並獲選為加拿大Flash Forward 國際攝影藝術節之年度新銳攝影師。
陳以軒的作品現為休士頓美術館永久館藏，他的作品曾受邀於2012年紐約攝影節、hpgrp 紐約藝廊、Foley 藝廊、Ed. Varie 藝廊、25CPW 藝廊、The Camera Club of New York 、以及伊勢文化基金會 (ISE Cultural Foundation) 展出。
此次展出的創作書《In Between》 亦販售於紐約各大美術館與獨立書店，包括MoMA PS1、Printed Matter、McNally Jackson以及紐約國際攝影中心。
若有手指 / Fingerclipes, 失眠 / Insomnia
Performance (planned and unexpected) with archival inkjet print
Nessun Dorma / 你是懂了嘛
Performance, music sheet, and 2 channel HD video installation (color, sound)
In Between / 在中間
Artist book, 4th Edition, limited to 100 copies
Venue：關渡美術館 Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts
Date：12.27.2013 - 2.23.2014
Opening Reception：12/27（Fri） 5-7pm
Opera Performance：12/27（Fri） 6pm