Inna Art Space are pleased to announce they shall be participating for the first time in the 2021 installment of Shanghai West Bund Art & Design, presenting by way of this Chen Dongfan’s project “Boundless Oceans, Vast Skies”. Chen’s work has been engaged consistently with channeling the rhythm of energies and emotion; never sacrificing sobriety and a humorousness of perspective. The artist’s work foregrounds a certain fiery vitality, transforming this into a fluid poeticism to delve into the very essence of painting itself.
Under the moniker “Boundless Oceans, Vast Skies”, Chen Dongfan attempts to present a vivacious spectacle akin to the flight of birds and leaping fishes. The viewer negotiates the forest-like surfaces of large scale, painted works one by one; each image and sentiment unbridled, brought gradually to perfection through stroke and palette; modulations of scene coming in abundance as one moves on between each tableaux. It is a shifting, painterly matrix quite impossible to put into terms. Above this forest of painted stele, a number of “portraits” from the “Half a Man" series are also suspended. Painted on their salmon-ish, newsprint base, these abandoned rag dolls emerge from their black backdrops, recounting the stories described by their respective “narratives”. Upon the other face of the exhibition space are two, large scale abstract works “Look into the depths of the space” & “Everything is miracle”, one gazing up towards outer space; the other looking down upon the world from above. A rapid, shuttling, vivid dream of gardens, the works exhibited unravel between them a measured, rhythmic prose, from painting, transitioning gradually into installation, mural, hangings and other richly interacting modes of spatiality. To return painting to its essence, an animistic intellectual dimension in brushstroke and coloration has been an ongoing inquiry for Chen Dongfan.more