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Vincent, 2021 by Vincent CY Chen

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This glorious and monstrous artwork is a daring representation and reinterpretation of self. Indicated in its name, Vincent tells the story of a queer Asian immigrant who no longer seeks a sense of belonging and assimilation. Instead, Vincent demands respect by audaciously occupying the gallery space and blatantly embracing the fetishization of the "exotic." Using body horror and sci-fi films as inspiration, Vincent is more than a sculpture; it is an illuminating parasite that oozes seductive desires and shameless vulnerabilities.

Vincent CY Chen (b. 1993, Taiwan) is a New York based artist who works in sculpture and installation. He creates multimedia displays that negotiate shame and desire with work that allures with saturated colors, curvaceous forms, and illumination. Being a queer immigrant from Taiwan, Chen’s work explores competing layers of otherness centering the body. By examining exotic flora and fauna studies and relics that fetishize the exotic such as the Cabinet of Curiosities, he creates a taboo world built of biological oddities, sexual fetishes, and artifacts of power. This world is influenced by surrealist literature, body horror films, and the portrayal of the queer Asian body as emasculated, exoticized, and fetishized. He is a co-founder of De:Formal, an online platform dedicated to promoting artists who work with mediums under-recognized in the conventional gallery system. He received his BFA in Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts in 2015, and his MFA in Studio Art at New York University in 2019. His work has been shown in Super Dutchess Gallery (New York, USA), Spazio In Situ Gallery (Rome, Italy), Satellite Art Show (New York, USA), 80 WSE Gallery (New York, USA), Field Projects Gallery (New York, USA), MANA Contemporary (New Jersey, USA), and more. This glorious and monstrous artwork is a daring representation and reinterpretation of self. Indicated in its name, Vincent tells the story of a queer Asian immigrant who no longer seeks a sense of belonging and assimilation. Instead, Vincent demands respect by audaciously occupying the gallery space and blatantly embracing the fetishization of the "exotic." Using body horror and sci-fi films as inspiration, Vincent is more than a sculpture; it is an illuminating parasite that oozes seductive desires and shameless vulnerabilities. Vincent CY Chen (b. 1993, Taiwan) is a New York based artist who works in sculpture and installation. He creates multimedia displays that negotiate shame and desire with work that allures with saturated colors, curvaceous forms, and illumination. Being a queer immigrant from Taiwan, Chen’s work explores competing layers of otherness centering the body. By examining exotic flora and fauna studies and relics that fetishize the exotic such as the Cabinet of Curiosities, he creates a taboo world built of biological oddities, sexual fetishes, and artifacts of power. This world is influenced by surrealist literature, body horror films, and the portrayal of the queer Asian body as emasculated, exoticized, and fetishized. He is a co-founder of De:Formal, an online platform dedicated to promoting artists who work with mediums under-recognized in the conventional gallery system. He received his BFA in Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts in 2015, and his MFA in Studio Art at New York University in 2019. His work has been shown in Super Dutchess Gallery (New York, USA), Spazio In Situ Gallery (Rome, Italy), Satellite Art Show (New York, USA), 80 WSE Gallery (New York, USA), Field Projects Gallery (New York, USA), MANA Contemporary (New Jersey, USA), and more.