Long-Bin Chen: Buddha-->DNA
26 May - 25 June 2005
Frederieke Taylor Gallery will present new sculptures by Taiwanese artist Long-Bin Chen, who has exhibited his work with the gallery in many solo and group shows. His new sculpture has become more complex, featuring three sculpted sides with multiple faces such as Buddha, animals, and humans, each evolving into one another. Over the past few years, Chen has traveled to different cities and countries for artists residencies, with no home base. Using local phone books as his medium, Long-Bin Chen exquisitely carves these detailed faces which at first glance appear to be solid stone.
In this series, Long-Bin Chen explores the relationship between Buddhism and the DNA structure. Chen became aware of the similarities between DNA Science and the Buddhist life cycle in conversations with DNA scientist Anand Sarabhai during his residency at the Sarabhai House in India. Modern biology has proven that humans and animals share the same basic elements of DNA. According to Buddhism, all sentient beings, human and animal, are regarded as having a Buddha seed. Basic Buddhism theory indicates that when we die, the mind, with all its tendencies, preferences, abilities, and characteristics that have been developed and conditioned in this life, re-establishes itself in a fertilized egg. Similarly, the genes carried in DNA are passed on from generation to generation.
Chen has exhibited widely, in the United States, Germany, Taiwan, Japan and Hong Kong. His work was recently published in Art & Antiques, November 2004 and Yishu Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, December 2004. He has participated in several exhibitions at the Frederieke Taylor gallery in New York (when it was known as the TZ’ART Gallery) and was recently part of the “The Invisible Thread---Buddhist Spirit in Contemporary Art”, exhibition at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center in Staten Island, NY. This summer his work will be featured at an exhibition at Mass MOCA.