Chen Yun 陳雲
Time and memory are true artists; they remould reality nearer to the heart’s desire. —— John Dewey (1859-1952)
Chen Yun’s works depict that which is both abstract and figurative, in the style of a montage. Past memories and dreams are things experienced before, yet their true existence is utterly improvable. In addition to capturing her own faraway memories, Chen’s works are an attempt to awaken the viewer’s own perception.
In her low-key style, viewers may find it difficult to read the figures clearly, yet there is the high degree of emotional concentration is clearly conveyed. In her words, it is as if you dream of someone, and while you cannot see clearly, your conscious knows exactly who it is.
There is a distinguishing feature to her works, which is that they are generally comprised of two to three works pieced together, exploring a new visual space expanding upward. Her carefully composed works are like poetry, hiding limited clues of space and reality, like a fixed-focus scene, the close-up of a hand, the silhouette of a woman, a microscopic view, or the image of a symbol, allowing viewers to piece together the work themselves. She is like a guide swinging a dim lantern, leading us into the depths of consciousness.
Chen is a faithful creator, a practical and hardworking person – picking out and removing key moments in everyday life with the expert precision of a surgeon, grinding and reconstituting them into works that appear new, yet also familiar and close to the viewer’s heart. In reading her works, there is never a sense of unfamiliarity – rather, it is as if our memories and dreams have been dug up from the deep, and given a new life.
|2013||M.F.A. Program, Department of Fine Arts, Taipei National University of the Arts, Taipei, Taiwan|
|2010||B.F.A., Department of Fine Arts, Taipei National University of the Arts, Taipei, Taiwan|
|1988||Born in Yilan, Taiwan|
|2012||Taipei Arts Awards, Taipei, Taiwan|
|2011||Outstanding Art Prize, Taipei, Taiwan|
|2009||The 4th Longyen Foundation Creative Arts Award, Taipei, Taiwan|
|2018||Between sleep and wakefulness, YIRI ARTS, Taipei, Taiwan|
|2015||Murmuring in the Haze, YIRI ARTS, Kaohsiung, Taiwan|
|2013||Striding Across The Horizon, GaiArt, Taipei, Taiwan|
|2012||Both Ways Open Jaws, NanHai Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan|
|2017||Borders and Beyond, LIN & LIN GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan|
|2016||SHE : Internatioal Women Artist Exhibition, Long Museum West Bound, China|
|2015||The Sound and the Fury, YIRI ARTS, Taipei, Taiwan|
|2014||The Spine of Spectrum, KdMoFA, Taipei, Taiwan|
|2012||The Zoo Story, YIRI ARTS, Taipei, Taiwan|
|2012||Taipei arts awards, Taipei Fine Arts Museum , Taiwan|
|2011||Outstanding Art Prize, KdMoFA, Taipei, Taiwan|
|2010||Biennial College, Underground Museum, Taipei, Taiwan|
|2010||Industrial Bank of Taiwan, Taipei, Taiwan|
|2016||Shadows. Poetry resetting time and memory, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan|
|2015||Lowered head. Strolling in the still stagnant past., National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan|
|2015||Brith. Never ending attachment., Long Museum, China|
|2009||Walking Island, Longyen Foundation, Taiwan|