Made in USA
“One of the great currents in the contemporary experience of art is that it seems to come out of the experience of the author,”Anish Kapoor said. The experience might come from one’s life and emotion, and moreover, originate in the time and society. After World War II, the center of western art turned from Paris to New York, and the art of Europe and America influence and implicate each other. In the period from the 60s to the 70s of twenty century, the political and the cultural conditions in US were in chaos. American art during this time concerned about the minority such as the feminine, homosexual, street culture and other subcultures. Pop art that led by Andy Warhol integrated the commerce and art, and made art popularized in the public life. Nowadays, the boundary between the so-called mainstream and subculture has become vague, and there is no ism and sects anymore when telling the contemporary art. Contemporary artists absorb the abundant gains from the past, and embody the fusion of high and low art in their works, blooming up the multiple American spirit.
Gallery J. Chen is proud to present the exhibition Made in USA, which is a rare group show gathered the works of nine contemporary American artists in Taipei. Most of these artists were born in the 70s and are currently active in the contemporary art stage. Furthermore, the artists have all participated many important exhibitions, and present strong personality in their works. Some paintings, such as the works of Hernan Bas, Barnaby Furnas, Jin Meyerson and Jules De Balincourt, are like dreams leading people to wander in them, but at the same time they are also like poems telling the crucial truth through their metaphor. Meanwhile, Jennifer Allora & Guillermo Calzadilla, Dan Colen and Rashid Johnson use the innovated media such as solar board, stud and ceramic tile to realize their thoughts. Aaron Young still more creates an oil painting by riding a motorcycle on a panel, offering a new possibility of the media and the creative process. Kaws takes an extraordinary path from street to museum, making the eyes “X” a popular symbol and gives the best example presenting the attack from low art and finally become the main stream. No matter in subject, media and content, this exhibition reveals the American contemporary spirit; it belongs to the times, and even surpasses the times at the same time. We are glad to present the show and wish to bring a viewing experience different from the past for the audience.