Wenqin Chen was born in 1979 in Fujian, China, where he studied at the Art & Design School of Fuzhou University during 1995-1999. In Sep. 1999 he studied at the Academy of Art and Design, Tsinghua University in Beijing before... Read More
Wenqin Chen was born in 1979 in Fujian, China, where he studied at the Art & Design School of Fuzhou University during 1995-1999. In Sep. 1999 he studied at the Academy of Art and Design, Tsinghua University in Beijing before going abroad for a MA degree at the Winchester School of Art, Southampton University in UK. Since 2007 he has been teaching in University. His academic pursuit, he bases in the Chinese culture and pursue an understanding of the western world and its culture with a main focus in European modern art.
"ALL THINGS ARE IN CURVING" is my creative philosophy.
I have always been paying attention to the theme of space, time, and life. Now Cosmology believes that time does not exist in the universe, and there is no time to speak of. Just like the "All Things Are Curve" (2009) and "Life Continues In Space" series (2010) of sculptures, they have no beginning or end, neither a starting point nor an end. They are a kind of eternal reincarnation, just like the Tai Chi of Chinese Taoism, in an infinite state of reincarnation from something to nothing and from nothing to something. So there is no concept of the present, past, or future, and there is no existence of time.
In the "Life Continues In Space" series of sculpture works, I use English gerund to name each work to convey the eternal movement of substance, while the sculpture shape only records part of the process of this movement. He will continue, without beginning or end.
The human view of time and space is that when substance arises, space also arises. When substance moves, time is the movement of substance.
In order to record the movement trajectory of this substance, humans use clock time to represent and record the sequence of human beings from scratch, our birth, and death, as well as the flowering and falling of flowers, etc. So I try to show the existence and significance of time with the sculpture "Beautiful Evolution" series (2008) and the performance art "Burning the Life" (2007). And for each of us, time is about recording the occurrence of each story and the interrelationships between stories, so I created the oil painting "Stories in Stories" series (2015). Use curved lines to symbolize the fun and flexibility of the story, and use colors to add diversity to the story.
In this way, everyone's life is woven from countless stories, and the sculptures "Communication" series (2021) and "Fusion" series (2023) showcase the structure of each person's story. As it happens to us personally, each story is interconnected, touching and colliding with each other, and cognitive, emotional, and attitudinal tendencies merge into one.
The increment of time is always positive, just like when a person is from one year old to ten years old, the tree grows larger from small. So I try to create the "Dipping" (2020) of performance art. On the other hand, my understanding of human survival is that the past is repeated every day, so repetition has become the language focus of the oil painting series "Net" (2018). When we were young, we hoped to grow up, but when we grow up, we are afraid to grow old. Time brings us various life experiences. Sometime it make us nervous, for example, in competition tests, we may even feel the speed of the second hand of a clock, a sense of crisis or even fear. At this point, I try to express it with black nets "Time Net" series (2018); At the same time, I also attempt to present colorful nets "Taste of Time" series (2019) with a contradictory mindset to express my understanding of life.