Chen Yi (+Coady Brown)
September 17 – November 12, 2017
Opening Reception: Sunday, September 17th , 5-7pm
103 Allen Street (@Delancey) New York, NY 10002
Artist interview: Saturday October 6th, 3-5pm
Richard Vine, managing editor of “Art in America”, and Xiaoru Zhu, curatorial assistant at Guggenheim.
1969 celebrates autumn with new works of a Beijing born painter Chen Yi. Chinese Born and New York/Beijing-based artist Chen Yi utilizes fashion-based images to construct collage works that depict his new hybridized human race. The meticulously rendered eyes, lips and noses are a nod to realism, yet often act in opposition to the expressionistic backgrounds, interrupted by flat strips of color and punctuated with random thick brush strokes. This continual shift of style between the figure and ground evokes a sense of uncertainty making his creatures all the more sinister and daunting.
Born in Beijing in 1974, as the Cultural Revolution was coming to an end, Chen Yi earned a diploma at the Secondary Fine Art School of Central Art Academy. Moving in 1995 to Canada with his parents, he studied at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design with its radically different, Conceptualist pedagogical and esthetic climate. After earning a BFA degree, he took his MFA at the School of Art+Design at Purchase College, SUNY, graduating in 2003. Since that time his work has been exhibited prominently across the USA, Canada and China.
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