LOCUS CHEN: Ode to Osedax
Opening Reception: Sep. 26th, 2020, 6pm - 9 pm
Closing Reception: Oct. 8th, 5pm - 9pm
Gallery Hours: Tue. - Sat. 11am - 5pm, Sunday 12 am - 5pm, by appointment only.
Curator: Shihui Zhou
Location: 174 Roebling St., 1L, Brooklyn, NY 11211
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LATITUDE Gallery is pleased to present our first solo exhibition of work by Locus Xiaotong Chen.
Having received her BFA in Printmaking from the Pratt Institute, Chen’s latest practice began to incorporate elements of textile and embroidery in manipulating what is often vintage or found material. The use of repurposed materials remains consistent throughout this body of work, demonstrating her interest in not only the materiality of objects, but the process of aging and decay that is intrinsic to it. By adopting techniques such as stitching, sewing, and twisting, the artist takes on the role of the caretaker, who repairs and appropriates objects with a deep feeling of empathy, and endows them with fresh, multivalent symbolic potentials.
Chen’s disposition to mend and to salvage materials from the cycle of deterioration finds its parallel in the romanticized notion of the osedax, a deep-sea creature which makes its living by decomposing the bones of whales that sink to the bottom of the ocean. Old rice paper threads embroidered with beads are secured to a retrofitted antique window frame by insect specimen pins. The resulting biomorphic forms hover above the board. Their shadows allude to a semi-organic presence that exists somewhere in between growth and death, preservation and deterioration.
The recurrent use of light-weight paper contributes to the gentle aesthetic of Chen’s assemblages. In works such as The Blossom, Untitled (Assemblage on Woodblock I), and Inventory of Coffee-Drinking, paper—whether antique or everyday—becomes the subject of both preservation and alteration; its susceptibility to decay and its ability to record such process through changes of its condition allow the artist to comment on issues of texture and materiality.
The visual idiom of Chen’s work transforms fluidly between the natural and the geometric, the organic and the structured, while being united by their intimate scales, which invite viewers to come closer in order to experience the delicate surface textures and subtle alterations of fragile materials. Works like Dionysian Breeze and Jeweled Labyrinth take what are ordinarily bold, geometric forms and transmute them into nuanced and mesmerizing configurations.
Drawing on both abstract and organic motifs, combined with a delicate Eastern sensibility, Chen’s experimentation with materials and ways of recycling offers new possibility in the understanding of materiality and the ceaseless process of change that accompanies it.
Locus Chen (b. 1996 Beijing,China) is a New York based artist who engages with various fine art media to explore the potency of self and artistic expressions — printmaking, papermaking, installation, book arts, collage and assemblage, and fiber arts and glass in the near future. She is interested in exploring the language of materiality and media. Hybridizing the nostalgia for eastern aesthetics, and logistics from western art institutions, her work traverses fluidly between art & craft, nature & artifact, personal & universal. Recently graduated from Pratt Institute with a BFA in Printmaking in Fall 2019, she is now living and working in Brooklyn, New York.
Shihui Zhou（b.Tangshan, China ) Curator Shihui Zhou was born and raised in China, where she attended Tsinghua University in Beijing for her bachelor’s degree. Moving to the United States for graduate study, Zhou worked closely under American visual artist Nick Cave at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Zhou moved to New York for the artist residency in the Textile Arts Center shortly after her graduation in 2018. So far she has curated many exhibitions in New York. At the Beginning of this year, Zhou founded the LATITUDE Gallery New York committed to ensuring opportunities to young artists and curators. Also as an active working artist herself, Shihui’s works have been not only shown both in the US and overseas, as well featured in New York Times and other well-known art publications. Zhou is now working and living in Brooklyn, NY, USA.
LATITUDE Gallery New York
Founded in this special year of 2020, LATITUDE Gallery supports and represents young contemporary artists from not only china, asian and but all around the world, featuring avant-garde exhibitions and performances in a variety of media. Through diverse programs such as open calls, exhibitions, screenings, interviews, talks, art salons, workshops, and online presentations, we are dedicated to fostering a creative community, stimulating intellectual discussions, and engaging a wide range of audiences. As an art boutique and online platform, we provide far-reaching opportunities for artists and designers to explore new ways of selling and promoting their works.