Artist Statement

 

I use wire and electrical cords as symbolic representations for the life force (“Chi”) that flows through all of us. Their fluid movement throughout my work draws a parallel with the experience of energy/Chi within myself. In my three-dimensional work, the crocheted wires indicate delicate and subtle qualities while the electrical cords appear to be bold and powerful. This contrast parallels with the distinction of Yin and Yang, Female and Male.

 

I crochet and knot the wires and cables, creating curving visual fields that can drape over walls or stand-alone as sculptures or part of installations. Crocheting is a skill I gained while growing up in Taiwan. Even through I learned it for utilitarian purposes, I have found later in life, that the repeating of the simple movements with my hands is very meditative as it allows me to focus on one single task.

 

I studied drawing and painting in Taiwan and received an MFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York City in 1988. While there, I began to experiment with alternative materials, including wires and cords just as many of my contemporaries were experimenting with textiles. I realized the wires and cords could translate to the linear qualities of Chinese calligraphy into sculptural forms.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bio

 

Chenhung Chen is an artist living and working in Los Angeles. Born in Beigang, Taiwan, Ms. Chen graduated from the Chinese Cultural University. She received her MFA at the School of Visual Arts in New York City where she studied with Michael Singer, Ursula von Rydingsvard and Jackie Winsor.

 

She has traveled the world spending time in India, Malaysia, Australia, Thailand, North Eastern China as well as Beijing, and Rome, as a volunteer for the Prem Rawat foundation working for global peace.

 

Her artwork has been exhibited across the United States and internationally. Such exhibitions include the PS1 Museum, NY, the Hwa Kang Museum, Taipei, Taiwan, the UVU Woodbury Art Museum, the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, the San Diego Art Institute, Cal Poly Pomona the Kellogg University Art Gallery, Fullerton College Art Gallery, Crafton Hills College Art Gallery, El Camine College Art Gallery, the Torrance Art Museum, the Children Museum of Arts, New York, the Main Museum LA, Gallery 825 and Roberts Projects in Los Angeles. She was featured in a solo show at Lancaster Museum of Art and History and a two-person show at Monterey Peninsula College Art Gallery in 2018. She has also been written about in the Artillery Magazine, Hyperallergic, Easy Reader News, Long Beach Post, The Creators Project, Konbini, Art and Cake, Diversions LA, 365artists365days, Trebuchet Magazine and We Choose Art.

 

Education

 

​MFA    1988   School of Visual Arts, New York

BA       1983   Chinese Culture University, Taiwan

 

Solo Exhibitions

2019   Time / Timeless (2 person show), Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, CA

2018   Entangled Experience (2 person show), Monterey Peninsula College Art Gallery, Monterey, CA

2018   I Ching In America 2.0, Lancaster Museum of Art and History, Lancaster, CA

2017   I Ching In America #32, Shoebox Projects, Los Angeles, CA

2016   Crossings, Crafton Hills College Art Gallery, Yucaipa, CA

2016   Entelechy, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA

2015   Required Reading, Antenna Studio, Los Angeles, CA

2013   Dancing With the Formless, Blackboard gallery, Studio Channel Islands Art Center, Camarillo, CA

​1992   New Work, Arts Alliance of Haverstraw, Haverstraw, NY

 

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2020

Intra-Being: Ecological Civilization, Curated by Khang Bao Nguyen, LA Spring/Break Art Show 2020, Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles Landscapes, a collaboration project organized by Diane Williams, USC Roski Graduate Building, Los Angeles, CA

Diverse Art LA, Curated by Marisa Caichiolo, LA Art Show, Los Angeles, CA

Collaborate & Create, Curated by Andi Campognone, Loft at Liz’s, Los Angeles,CA

2019

Art by Us, Crafton Hills College Art Gallery, Yucaipa, CA

Handjob, Curated by Colin Roberts, Lava Projects, Los Angeles, CA

Applied Science, Curated by Marisa Caichiolo, Gallery 825, LA, CA

Transiting 2, Curated by Lawrence Gipe, Joseph Gross Gallery, University of Arizona, Tucson, Tucson, AZ

Forest Bathing, Curated by Betty Ann Brown, The Loft at Liz's, LA, CA

Sway, Curated by Chenhung Chen, Brand Library & Art Center, Glendale, CA

2018

Shades of Water, Curated by Baha H Danesh, The Mezz Gallery at the Montalban Theather, Hollywood CA

The Third Annual Office Hours Exhibition, Curated by Allison Agsten, The Main Museum LA, Los Angeles, CA

Holding Up ½ the Sky, Curated by Jill Moniz, Roberts Projects, Los Angeles, CA

The Creative Magic of Collaboration - 50/50, Curated by Concepcion Sanford,The Progress Gallery Pomona CA

With Liberty and Justice for Some, Curated by Monica Lundy & Walter Maciel, "Art and Activism:Drawing the Line", Children's Museum of The  Arts,  New York

Dialectic Of Being & Becoming, Highways Performance Space at the 18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica, CA

Studio System II, Curated by Max Presneil, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA

Feminism Now, Grafiska Sallskapet Galleri, Stockholm, Sweden

Start Up Art Fair San Fransisco, with the Kipaipai Group, San Fransisco, CA

Feminism Now, Shoebox Projects, Los Angeles, CA

Moving Line, Curated by Susanna Meiers, El Camino College Art Gallery, Torrance, CA

Trappings, Curated by Robert Benitez, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA

Salvage, Art Exchange Long Beach, Long Beach, CA

2017

2017 Open Show, Curated by Anna Katz, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA

Personal Vacation, Curated by Chris Davies, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA

With Liberty and Justice for Some, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA

The Show Room, Pop-Up Show, Santa Monica, CA

Line: Five Different Stories, Inland Empire Museum of Art, Upland, CA

VS, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA

Cross Town Traffic, Manhattan Beach Creative Arts Center, Manhattan Beach, CA

Out There, Curated by Francisco George & William Escalera, Gallery 825, LA, CA

Semi-Precious, Curated by Shana Nys Dambrot, Heidi Johnson & Rick Robinson, Art Share L.A., LA , CA

Parallels: Art = Medicine – Poetry of Acupuncture, Crafton Hills College Art Gallery, Yucaipa, CA

Sanctuary City: With Liberty and Justice for Some, San Francisco Arts  Commission Gallery, San Francisco, CA

User To User, Curated by Bennett Roberts, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA

Fresh 2017, Curated by Fatemeh Burnes and Peter Frank, South Bay Contemporary: SoLA Gallery, LA, CA

Personal Narrative, Annenberg Beach House, Santa Monica, CA

Powers of Nine, Highland 913 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

With Liberty and Justice for Some, Co-curated by Monica Lundy, Walter Maciel Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2016

So Cal/Baja Biennial, Curated by Anthony Graham, San Diego Art Institute, San Diego, CA

2016 Open Show, Curated by Jennifer Inacio, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA

Fauxism: Dada Centennial Part 2, Curated by Kio Griffith, MUZEUMM Gallery, LA, CA

MASque Attack 13, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA

Ink & Clay 42, Curated by Patrick Crabb, Denise Kraemer and Peter Mays, California State Polytechnic University, The Kellogg University Art Gallery, Pomona, CA

All Media 2016, Curated by Dan Cameron, Irvine Fine Arts Center, Irvine, CA

Spectra, Curated by Shana Nys Dambrot, Art Share L.A., Los Angeles, CA

Play, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Annual Benefit Auction, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA

CA101 2016, South Bay Galleria, Redondo Beach, CA

Fauxism: Chinese Lanscape, Curated by Kio Griffith, Balconi Coffee Company, Santa Monica, CA

Spectrum Gestalt 3, BG Gallery, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, CA

Out There, Curated by Francisco George & William Escalera, Gallery 825, LA, CA

We Choose Art/A Feminist Perspective 2.0, MUZEUMM Gallery, LA, CA

VS, Gallery 825, LA, CA

TXT Me, Curated by Leisa Austin, Orange County Center for Comtemporary Art, Santa Ana, CA

Things Fall Apart, Curated by Shana Nys Dambrot, Art Share L.A., Los Angeles, CA

31st Annual Made In California Juried Exhibition, City of Brea Art Gallery, Brea, CA

MASque Attack 12, San Diego Art Institute, San Diego, CA

Innovative Materials, Night on Broadway, Spring Arcade Building, LA, CA

2015

Blank Canvas, Washington Reid Gallery, Culver City, CA

MASque Attack 9, Temporary Space, Los Angeles, CA

Where The Magic Happens, Gallery H of Phantom Galleries LA, Hawthorne, CA

Root Systems, Curated by Shana Nys Dambrot, Art Share L.A., Los Angeles, CA

Spectrum Gestalt 2, BG Gallery, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, CA

Annual Benefit Auction, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA

CA101 2015, AES Power Plant, Redondo Beach, CA

Art Fusion 2015 – A Juried Show, Curated by Scott Candy, Gallery H of Phantom Galleries LA, Hawthorne, CA

VS, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA

Summer National Juried Exhibition, Curated by Nancy Meyer, Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Novato, CA

Kuwento Engkuwentro: Angeleno Folklore, Legends and Sidewalk Stories, Pico House, El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, Los Angeles, CA

The Art of Our Century, Curated by Whitney Tassie, Utah Valley University Woodbury Art Museum, Orem, Utah

53rd International Exhibition, Curated by David A. Ross, San Diego Art Institute, San Diego

Fusion, Curated by Olivia Ongpin, Arc On-Line Gallery, San Francisco, CA

From Her 2015: An Exhibition by Women about Women, Pico House Gallery, El Pueblo de Los Angeles                Historical Monument, Los Angeles, CA

B/W, Curated by Laura Watts, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA

2014

1772, Art Skyline Gallery, Tainan, Taiwan

Aurora, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA

1772, Hwa Kang Museum, Taipei, Taiwan

Informationary, Curated by Herair & Lori Garboushian, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA

Cultural Excavation, Curated by Elizabeth James, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA

From Her: An Exhibition by Women about Women, Pico House Gallery, El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical      Monument, Los Angeles, CA

2013

Nurture Art Benefit, Bernarducci Meisel Gallery, NY

View from Within, Curated by Gary Lang, Blackboard gallery, Studio Channel Islands Art Center. Camarillo, CA

2012

Group Exhibition, Primavera Gallery, Ojai, CA

1994

Women Artists Group Exhibition, Arts Alliance of Haverstraw, NY

1993

Group Exhibition, Cork Gallery, Avery Fischer Hall, Lincoln Center, NY

Group Exhibition, 456 Gallery, NY

1990

Tiananmen Square, PS1 Museum, NY

1988

MFA Thesis show, Visual Arts Gallery, NY

1987

The Boxes, La Mama Gallery, NY

Residencies & Award:

2018   Studio System II, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA

2018   Award of professional development funds from the Quick Grant Program of the Center for Cultural Innovation

2017   Shoebox Projects, Los Angeles, CA

2017  The Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences, Rabun Gap, Georgia

Press

Lorraine Heitzman, "A Walk through the Woods in Los Angeles," Art and Cake, June 6, 2019

Genie Davis, "Sway Moves Us: Exciting Exhibition from Seven Artists at the Brand," Diversions LA, May 17, 2019

Betty Ann Brown, "Sway: The Web of Life at the Brand," Art and Cake, May 4, 2019

Genie Davis, "Holding 'Sway' at the Brand and more", Artillery Magazine, May 2, 2019

Genie Davis, "October Art Scene Fully Charged," Artillery Magazine, Oct. 23, 2018

Renee Reizman, "Eclectic Projects Are Brewing At a Massive Artist Loft in LA," Hyperallergic, Oct. 14, 2018

Genie Davis, "Chenhung Chen at MOAH’s Robot Show," Diversions LA, August 31, 2018

Lawrence Gipe, "Final Round Up: Studio System II at Torrance Art Museum," Art and Cake, August 8, 2018

Genie Davis, "Studio System II @Torrance Art Museum: Audience with a Muse," Diversions LA, June 30, 2018

Lawrence Gipe, "Studio System II @Torrance Art Museum: Half-Time," Art and Cake, June 20, 2018

Karen Robes Meeks, "Studio System II," Daily Breeze, June 14, 2018

"Meet Chenhung Chen," Voyage LA, Apr. 30, 2018

Genie Davis, "Feminism Now at Shoebox Projects: An International Collaboration," Art and Cake, Feb. 25, 2018

Bondo Wyszpolski, "'Moving Line' Art at El Camino College", Easy Reader News, Feb. 22, 2018

Genie Davis, "'Salvage' at Art Exchange Long Beach," Art and Cake, Feb. 7, 2018

Asia Morris, "Local Artists Respond to current Political Environmental Chaos in Salvage," Long Beach Post, Jan. 5, 2018

Genie Davis, "Chenhung Chen: I Ching in America," Diversions LA, Dec 4, 2017

Genie Davis, "I Ching in America: Chenhung Chen Renders the Invisible Visible," Art and Cake, Dec. 1, 2017

Genie Davis, "What a Place: Art in Place at Newberry Lofts Long Beach," Diversions LA, Nov. 26, 2017

Jackie Bell Johnson, "Mugwort, Mogusa & Art, the building Blocks of an International Exchange," Art and Cake, May, 7, 2017

Genie Davis, "The Brewery Art Walk-Spring 2017 Edition," Diversions LA, May 8, 2017

Sam Whiting, "Immigrant Art Show Starts as Chain Letter," San Francisco Chronicle, Mar. 29, 2017

"Sanctuary City: With Liberty and Justice for Some," San Francisco Magazine, Mar. 16, 2017

"Annenberg Community Beach House presents 'Personal Narrative'," Fabrik, Feb. 21, 2017

Genie Davis, "Walter Maciel Gallery Shines with Politics and Poetry," Art and Cake, Feb. 4, 2017

Richard gleaves, "2016 Southern California/ Baja Biennial at the San Diego Art Institute," Art and Cake, Dec. 2016

Genie Davis, "Celebrating DADA through Fauxism," Art and Cake, Dec. 12, 2016

Jackie Bell Johnson, "Chenhung Chen at Crafton Hills College Art Gallery," Art and Cake, Nov. 19, 2016

Crossings / A Solo Show by Chenhung Chen, Artillery Magazine, Nov. 2016

"Inspiration of the Day - Now Be Here: Chenhung Chen," MuseumMom.org, Oct.29, 2016

Genie Davis, "Continuing and Recommended," Art Scene, May 2016

Genie Davis, "Four Solo Shows Connect at LAAA's Gallery 825," Diversions LA, Apr.18, 2016

"Chenhung Chen: 'Entelechy'," Fabrik, April. 8. 2016

Desiree Cormier, "Chenhung Chen/Entelechy," We Choose Art, March 29, 2016

"Chenhung Chen's Entelechy Opening April 9th in WeHo," Konbini, March 24, 2016

Alyssa Buffenstein,"This Artist Crochets Sculptures from Cords and Controllers," The Creators Project, March 20, 2016

"Artist Creates Ethereal Sculptures From Discarded Cable, Electrical Wire," ARTFIX daily, March 10, 2016

Genie Davis, "The Art of Walking, Fall Brewery Art Walk," Diversions LA, October 12, 2015

Genie Davis, "Magical Night at Gallery H of Phantom Galleries: 'Where the Magic Happens'," Diversions LA, October 8, 2015

Genie Davis, "Chenhung Chen-The Power of Lines," Diversions LA, July 28, 2015

Chenhung Chen, 365 Artists 365 Days, July 2015

Genie Davis, "Duchamp, Cy Twombly and Outrageous Family," Trebuchet Magazine, July 1, 2015