Probably Because I'm A Narcissist
"Chen Pai'an has been in a dozen of different jobs. He would have to pass by the renowned shopping palace Taikoo Hui in Tianhe everyday on his way home. A gallery staff who loves beer, Pai'an has been fighting his desires to consume for many years." Text / Huang He
Q: Huang He
A: Chen Pai'an
Q1: Describe a little bit about the focus of your art works and interests, please.
A: Humanity and the world.
Q2: Is your birthplace also your current residency (Guangzhou)?
Q3: How are your current art works related to where you live?
A: Guangzhou is a mild city. Mildness puts people at ease. Such quality also can disgust one person, thus leading him/her to go to extremes. Very often I'd waver between these two feelings. However, currently speaking, I have no specific plans of doing works on Guangzhou culture.
Q4: It seems that a lot of your works are about "being watched".
A: Probably because I'm a narcissist.
Q5: "Being watched" involves a lot of psychological activities. In particular, "the subjects being watched" also appear to be the subjects that are expected to possess certain functionality, contain specific symbols, or be equipped with some sort of specialty.
A: True. It's of great importance to figure out what messages you want to deliver, and to get those messages across efficiently to the recipients.
Q6: Among your works, many of the subjects "being watched" are usually tied to the commercialized subjects.
A: An art work, if not consumable (including consumption of all sorts), is null.
Q7: How do you look at brands and commercialization?
A: Every one of us is a brand. Brands naturally stand for commodities.
Q8: In your opinion, how influential can the commodity subtexts be on people's mind?
A: A lot of us long to turn ourselves into a best-selling product.
Q9: Do you think your works are angry?
A: My works contain anger, but not just anger.
Q10: Which works of yours do you want others to know of most?
A: Stupid Fearlessness/Wise Hesitation. It's a painting in which there are two identical human faces facing opposite directions. From my perspective, this painting is so far the best representation of my psychological state and values.
Wise Hesitation / Fearless Silly, digital drawing, giclee on acid free paper, alterable size, 2016
Q11: If possible, what questions would you like to raise to your audience?
A: Why are you interested in art?
本次展出作品 Works on exhibiting
Eat Oneself, giclee on acid free paper, 15x10cm
Self consume, hedonism.
The Key Of Creation Is Communication, installation, drawing, single channel video, color, sound, 1'20"
Meet me, and my work.
Input / Output, installation, glass bottles, beer, urine
Life as a filter.
Chen Paian born in 1988, graduated from Gaungzhou Academy of Fine Arts in 2013. Works with conceptual art since 2014, currently living and working in Guangzhou.
Chen always works with digital image editing, literature, digital drawing and video. His experience of working for an advertisement company, a decoration company and a fast fashion company makes him realize symbiotic relationships among well-promoted product, perfect-rendering commercial advertisement and deluded consumer. His humorous visual language and logic brings his works a very special sense of story-telling to represent symbiotic relationships.