TENRI CULTURAL INSTITUTE
proudly presents Jenny Chen: The Beauty of Solitude
an exhibition of paintings, cast sculptures and video from
December 1-23, 2008 with an opening reception on Friday December
5 from 6-8 PM.
Chen’s grand expressionistic gestures are poetic discourses
into the psyche informed by her powerful emotions and feelings.
Her monumental panels recall those of the New York School
in their size but also in that they are heroic efforts to
bring about confrontation with the subconscious. She differs
from them in that she’s not interested in offering us
an indigenous art but rather an individual picture of her
own psychological makeup and style. The art critic Robert
C. Morgan wrote about her work as a combination of Eastern
and Western painting philosophies and styles and associated
it with Chinese ink painting and the New York School. Jonathan
Goodman the Asianist critic about Chen’s painting says
that although Chen uses acrylic paint which would ally her
to a western aesthetic, she is balancing her means in order
to express the position of a Chinese person living in New
York. They are correct of course but the story of Chen is
far from written, one can go on and on about her contributions.
The immediate impact that Chen’s work conveys through
its grand gesture, rather than overturning it because of her
delicate and multilayered effects, only serves to reinforce
its power. The multiple layers in both her paintings and her
cast works serve to neutralize space rendering it nefarious
and temporal. It’s as if we were looking through many
layers of glass upon which paint had been spilled. So that,
each layer offers a different configuration when seen alone,
but together acts in unison to present us with a palimpsest.
Chen’s surfaces are not always smooth. Chen creates
hills and valleys that often result in a type of webbing of
brushstroke and spill. While Chen used to work with color
her recent series utilizes black and white the tendency of
Eastern ink painting. But one could also consider the use
of black and white as a Western element if Ingres’ use
of the grisaille technique is recalled. Facile characterizations
aside, Chen is Protean as a master in her own right offering
us her unique vision that invites us, the viewer, to share
her personal realm. Chen produces installations with a series
of media including painting, video and sculpture often repeating
her sculptural pieces in site specific installations.
Chen has shown internationally and nationally, and her works
have entered such prestigious collections as The Taipei Museum
of Fine Arts, Taiwan, Pratt Institute of Art, New York, Shanghai
Art Museum, Shanghai, and the Kaoshiung Fine Arts Museum.
Chen has had over a dozen one person shows and has taken part
in a host of group exhibitions.
For More Information: Call or email the Exhibitions Director Dr. Thalia Vrachopoulos, 212-691-7978, email@example.com or the Administrative Director Michael Yuge at 212-645-2800, firstname.lastname@example.org