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Bob Gysin: TERESA CHEN - ambivalence - 19 Mar 2016 to 14 May 2016

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19 Mar 2016 to 14 May 2016

Galerie Bob Gysin
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Teresa Chen - Ambivalence #2 2016


Artists in this exhibition: Teresa Chen


TERESA CHEN

19 March – 14 May 2016

With the exhibition title “Ambivalence”, Teresa Chen refers both to the content and theform of her new body of work. The linking of conflicting connotations, ambivalence andcontradiction are still prevailing themes in her work. For the newest series – it is the sixthsolo show of the artist at the Galerie Bob Gysin, Teresa Chen has shifted from analogphotography to a digital camera and process. However, her interest in using photogra-phy as a medium to “see” differently as well as to transform the familiar to the foreignremains crucial.

In previous works, questions of belonging or issues of rootlessness and cultural disloca-tion were often autobiographical and personal. Her photographs of nature often usedunusual scale or an uncommon perspective to emphasize what could also be seen asforeign or alien. The new series “Ambivalence” still moves in this tension between beau-ty and transience or mortality, aesthetics and alienation, and leaves the viewer questio-ning and uncertain.

Before the birth of her children, the artist’s own body was a significant element in herphotography. Later, her child’s body served as a projection surface. Now, however, shecombines body parts of her children with nature elements in order to create surrealistic,dreamy and nightmarish landscapes and forms. Besides the uncanny, possibly humo-rous but also morbid connections between humans and nature, are also associations ofgenetic mutations or even the bioengineering of body parts. Isolation and alienation arevisible and almost tangible.

Teresa Chen’s work is a reflection on the alienation and rootlessness or dislocation ofpeople in our contemporary society. Moreover, she is interested in visual perceptions ofspace through absence and translucence in the pictures. Inspired by traditional Chineseand Japanese ink paintings, her working process was not only the combination of image-ry, but also the deliberate removal of visual information.

Because digital photography is often so perfect and flawless, the artist was interested inincluding individuality and imperfection in the work. She decided to abandon the typicalglossy photographic surface and came across wood. Each piece of wood is individual andhas a distinct grain and appearance. Although the works are digital collages, the indivi-dual image is matched to the wood and thus always unique.Despite the new digital process, Teresa Chen continues to follow her path!

Galerie Bob Gysin
Marion Wild

To celebrate our 45th anniversary, Teresa Chen has created an unlimited Anni-versary Edition – available from the Gallery or from www.gbg-galerie.ch

Translation from German by Margret Powell-Joss


Bob Gysin






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