An excerpt from my review of Chenhung Chen's @chenhungchenart exhibition "Entelechy." Read more at
"Creating the new from the old is just one of the binary concepts present in Chen’s work. She states that she is obsessed with other binary concepts such as: peace and chaos; harmony and dissonance; the subtle and the powerful. These binary extremes were "coming out" of Chen in her artwork, which leads the question: which came first, the awareness or the art?
When asked about the awareness of this binary obsession, Chen stated that it began somewhere during the process of creating the entelechy work. For the viewer, the binary principles of subtlety and power, peace and chaos, are indeed evident in entelechy. Chen’s sculptures of suspended wire bundles and long linear masses begin as subtle wisps of “hair” at their peaks - mere suggestions of energy - before spilling into powerful, weighty piles of (sometimes) recognizable objects such as game controllers and electrical plugs across the floor. It is as if the inception of form itself is being shown to us in a three- dimensional illustration of both top-down and bottom-up sensual processing. Another set of principles - chaos and peace- become evident dependent upon the viewer’s distance from the artwork: a distant view may convey a chaotic mass; close inspection reveals their hidden delicacy - wires intricately woven together in deliberate detail, illustrating a connectedness only apparent to the careful, contemplative observer. It is as if the work - much like an individual - lays waiting for the viewer to regard it intimately, to take the time to approach and appreciate its complexity." #chenhungchen
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