LONG-BIN CHEN, Continental Express
17 October - 22 November 2008
Frederieke Taylor Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Long-Bin Chen. The artist is known for working with books, phone books, catalogs, and magazines as his medium. Using traditional sculpture techniques, the artist hand carves the books into beautiful faces, rooms, and Buddha heads which resemble carved stone or marble.
For this exhibition, Long-Bin Chen has created a 7ft by 10 ft. by 10 ft. sculpture out of NYC phone books entitled "Continental Express", featuring 24 carved monuments and iconic figures from around the world including Mt. Rushmore, Egyptian Pharaohs, Buddha heads, Homer and Caesar. Traveling around the interior of the sculpture will be a train which will project a video of the monuments and icons allowing the viewer to take the journey around the world.
There will also be a new installation where Chen provides the lens to the inside world of the book. Using peepholes in the sculptures, the artist creates a view inside the book featuring a miniature setting of figurines relating to the text of each book, bringing the viewers attention to language and looking.
Recently in The New York Times, Benjamin Genocchio's review of "Text Messaging", a group show currently at the Islip Museum states:
"Mr. Chen's (work)...is the show's standout. Not only is it appealing to look at, but it references one of the most important art world issues of our time- cultural property, specifically the removal of Buddhist statuary from across Asia for sale to Western museums and private collections. This is a powerful work."
Long-Bin Chen's work is currently featured in the Second Lives: Remixing the Ordinary exhibit at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York. Chen was an artist-in-residence and had an exhibition at Kidspace at MassMOCA. His work was included in the Holland Paper Biennal, and has been shown around the world in locations including Taipei Cultural Center, Fuller Craft Museum, and was included in the group exhibition "The Missing Piece" organized by the Dalai Lama Foundation. This is Long-Bin Chen's fourth solo exhibition at the gallery.
In the Viewing Room
"Paper Cuts", curated by Bobbie Foshay, featuring works by Annie Cattrell, Madelin Coit, Imi Hwangbo, and Joanne Lefrak all exploring the versatility of using cut paper as their medium. Bobbie Foshay was one of the founders of SITE Santa Fe and has continued to be involved, as President of the Board, Chairman, and is currently Honorary Chairman. The works in this exhibition will be from Santa Fe, NM as well as the U.K.