陳品陶 Chen Pin Tao
aka AsianGothBoy

b. OCT 1994 Greenwich, Sydney, AUS




Tao's practice deals with the story-telling of the act of story-telling, and the emergence of narratives emerging through evolution in both metaphorical and formal manifestations.  By confronting the infinite malleability of the human psyche, Tao imagines and reinvent new modes of existence enabled by our innate human potentia.


Descendent of an esteemed luthier 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 tradition and technological acceleration, converging towards a new gesamtkunstwerk.  Imagery, talismanic and fetishistic objects are means to excavate alienated ancestral history, romanticism and poetics through deep introspection, examining humanity's inability to comprehend the sublime. 


Tao’s subject matter focuses on radical mind and body transformations, video game ontology, the construction of mythology, and investigates culture as human programming to manipulate reality under the context of black magic; occultism; schizophrenia; ritual; cybernetics; capitalist realism; and RPG.  Tao’s work particularly deals with the notions of primitivity; eros; decadence; creation; time; biology; anarchy; consciousness; and humanism in the age of artificial general intelligence; human obsolescence; virtuality; and simulation.


In an accelerated and trance-like state induced by the fissures between contemporaneity, hysteria, modern science and mysticism, Tao creates ecstatic realities, implicate and explicate order––or reality unfoldment––in both vritual and real worlds.  Through the alchemy of history and fantasy, Tao expands the already rich ontological vocabulary of contemporary materialism and immaterialism and uncover new modes of existence.  Reality is stranger than fiction, Tao’s work exploits the splits in language and reality, and their ambient, transcendental, transgressive qualities, examined through painting, sculpture, space, and the reality bending device of architecture along with its cultural and political implications.