陳品陶 Chen Pin Tao

b. OCT 1994 Greenwich, Sydney, AUS, raised in Auckland, NZ




Descendent of an esteemed violin maker and hailing from a lineage of master craftsmen, Tao's refined images, objects, assemblages and spaces contain immense exotic, ethereal, and incorporeal allure, embedded within their exuberant visual and material complexity.  The display of analog and digital virtuosity in Tao’s works unravel between both folk traditions and technological acceleration.  These imagery and objects are means to excavate alienated ancestral history, romanticism and poetics through deep introspection, and to examine humanity's inability to comprehend the sublime.  Tao’s subject matter focuses on the relationship of human beings and culture, particularly tackling notions of identity, estrangement, displacement, and belonging.

In an accelerated and trance-like state induced by the fissures between contemporaneity, historicism, modern science and mysticism, Tao creates ecstatic realities––or unfoldment––through the alchemy of history and fantasy, expanding the already rich ontological vocabulary of contemporary Chinese materialism.  Reality is stranger than fiction, Tao’s primary interest resides in the exploitation of the splits in reality, and their transcendental and transgressive qualities, examined through the interplay of figures and space in painting, and objects and space in sculpture.