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James Chen-Feng Kao
updated: 10/09/2010
website: www.jianfone.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Six Six Sex
Skullscape Box
Humping on Skullscape
Dictionary of Failed Relationships (detail)
Running
Room of Failed Relationships (detail)
An Army of Me
Mob Mentality
Bowing
An Attack on the Factory of Time by King Television, His Empress the Internet and Their Army of Procrastination
Million Dollar Security
Skullscape Procession
Skullscape on Character
Skullscape on Character 2
Skullscape Procession Singular #2
 
Portfolio Keywords:  identity, books, cartoon, violence, gestural, humor, narrative, language, abstract, illustration
 
 
Six Six Sex by James Chen-Feng Kao
Six Six Sex
oil and fabric on canvas
2005
90" x  90" 
Skullscape Box by James Chen-Feng Kao
Skullscape Box
oil
2005
6" x  6"  x 4.3" 
Humping on Skullscape by James Chen-Feng Kao
Humping on Skullscape
acrylic
2005
36" x  32" 
Dictionary of Failed Relationships (detail) by James Chen-Feng Kao
Dictionary of Failed Relationships (detail)
ink and transfer
2008
Dimensions variable
Running by James Chen-Feng Kao
Running
ink and photo transfer
2008
24" x  16.7" 
Room of Failed Relationships (detail) by James Chen-Feng Kao
Room of Failed Relationships (detail)
ink and photo transfer
2008
Dimensions variable
An Army of Me by James Chen-Feng Kao
An Army of Me
Mixed Media
2008
Dimensions variable
Mob Mentality by James Chen-Feng Kao
Mob Mentality
ink and photo transfer
2009
60" x  160" 
Bowing by James Chen-Feng Kao
Bowing
mixed media
2009
Dimensions variable
An Attack on the Factory of Time by King Television, His Empress the Internet and Their Army of Procrastination by James Chen-Feng Kao
An Attack on the Factory of Time by King Television, His Empress the Internet and Their Army of Procrastination
ink and photo transfer
2009
60" x  180" 
Million Dollar Security by James Chen-Feng Kao
Million Dollar Security
ink and photo transfer
2009
60" x  153" 
Skullscape Procession by James Chen-Feng Kao
Skullscape Procession
ink and oil on paper
2009
60" x  136" 
Skullscape on Character by James Chen-Feng Kao
Skullscape on Character
oil and acrylic on wood
2009
21.5" x  9.5"  x 9.5" 
Skullscape on Character 2 by James Chen-Feng Kao
Skullscape on Character 2
oil and acrylic on wood
2010
0" x  0" 
Skullscape Procession Singular #2 by James Chen-Feng Kao
Skullscape Procession Singular #2
oil and ink on paper
2010
0" x  0" 

Artist Statement
In my art I am interested in the combination of abstraction and “characters.” I create graphic characters and draw them using ink strokes inspired by Chinese calligraphy. These characters are placed in large-scale drawings alongside photo-transferred elements to present narrative concepts. I have also created a pattern titled “Skullscape,” which is a tessellation of geometric color shapes where each shape is an abstraction of the human skull; the top part of each shape is wider than the bottom part, and the shape is symmetrical. The “Skullscape” pattern is painted into my ink drawings as well as onto character sculptures. The abstract ink strokes and color pattern add a layer of encoding, which draws the audience in. My art lies in the moment of interaction between the viewers and the work: when the audience deciphers and realizes what they see is not what they expected. In addition, the multiplicity of the characters and the lack of any one character with a specific personality reflect my self-perceived identity as a constant stranger.

Artist Bio / CV
Education

2007 – 2008            Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design – Fine Art, MA

2000 – 2003            University of California, Berkeley – Art Practice, Bachelor of Arts

Selected Exhibitions

2010            “INSIGHT: Vol III Art Experience” FOKUS, New York

2010            “Emerged” Elisa Contemporary Art, New York

2010            “Babel” QMAD & Space 37, New York

2010            “Arts in Bushwick” Troutman Studios, New York

2010             “Print Now” Bearspace, London

2009            “Got Art?” The Creative Center, New York

2009            “Other Asias: Current 2 – Redo Pakistan” Karachi & London

2009            “Summer Exhibition” The Florence Trust, London

2009             “Winter Open Studios” The Florence Trust, London

2008            “MA Fine Art Degree Show” Central Saint Martins, London

2008            “Art Student Exhibition” ISE Cultural Foundation, New York

2008             “Works on Paper” Artists Alliance Inc. & Cuchifritos Gallery, New York

2008             “This Constant Cracking of the Surface” Bargehouse, London

2007             “The Most Curatorial Biennial of the Universe” Apexart, New York

2007             “New ‘07” CUE Art Foundation, New York

2006             "Night of 1000 Drawings" Artists Space, New York

2006             “Terrible Toys Fair III” CBGB 313 Gallery, New York

2005             “Summer Residency Open Studios” School of Visual Arts, New York

2005             “Employee Art Show” The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

2005             “Exhibition of Works by International Artists” Center for International Art & Culture, New York

2004             “Character Drawings” School of Visual Arts, New York

2003             “(artabled) Art, Medicine, and Disabilities Exhibition” joint exhibit with Creative Growth, Berkeley, California

 

Residencies and Awards

2010                        4th Arte Laguna International Art Prize, Finalist

2009                        The New Contemporaries 2009, Shortlist

2008 – 2009            The Florence Trust arts residency, London

2007 – 2008            The Artists & Collectors’ Exchange Bursaries

2005                         Painting and Mixed Media Summer Residency at School of Visual Arts, New York