Shen Chen at Ginkgo Space

Shen Chen at Ginkgo Space
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Ink painting as a milestone and the experiments with different media are the starting point of profound exploration. Twenty works belonging to the Diary series came into light from these premises, in the 1990s, during a decade in the US, and represent Shen Chen, pioneer of Chinese abstract painting and experimental ink painting, in the halls of Ginkgo Space. Experiments with different materials have allowed the artist to appreciate that acrylic, a water-based medium, can offer the same qualities and richness of painting as ink, with its boundless number of layers. His works are as layered as oil paintings, though with ink-based colours. Shen Chen has closely studied the thickness of acrylic, laying the foundations for the thinness of this medium in his next series, Untitled. In the experimental ink painting of the 1980s, the vertical brushstroke and the various combinations of lines become vivid visual languages. These works are the result of the relation between the brush, the psychological space of the composition and the notion of time. Their serial quality, the horizontal alignment of the paintings and the vertical lines on the canvas are distinctive of Shen’s style.

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