Chen Wei “Night Paris”

Ota Fine Arts

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[Image: Chen Wei "Night Paris" (2015) Archival inkjet print 150 x 187.5 cm]

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Chen is one of the “80-hou” artists, a Chinese term for those who were born during the 1980s. Although he uses photography as his main medium of expression, he has been challenging existing artistic language by creating images that do not resemble photos. Every work by Chen contains textures and compositions of Western still-life paintings, and at the same time captures poetic moments of tranquility like cinematic scenes.

Yet it is not merely this technical execution of the fictional image which defines Chen’s work. He poses critical questions towards Chinese society which is undergoing such rapid change. Here he assesses the boom in construction, real estate and the swarm to the cities, whilst quietly pointing to a certain emptiness which lies below this. One of the key works shown here features a shabby KTV bar - completely desolate, the uneven ground filled with puddles, with only the name of the bar in bright neon shining out through the surrounding darkness. The name of the bar is “Night Paris”.

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from October 17, 2015 to November 28, 2015

Opening Reception on 2015-10-17 from 18:00

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Chen Wei

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