陳品陶 Chen Pin Tao
aka AsianGothBoy

b. OCT 1994 Greenwich, Sydney, AUS




Descendent of an esteemed violin maker and hailing from a lineage of master craftsmen, Tao's practice focuses on the imagination and reinvention of modes of human existence enabled by our innate human potentia.  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, the construction of mythology, and investigates culture as human programming to manipulate reality under the context of black magic; occultism; schizophrenia; cybernetics; 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 obselescence; 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 worldsThrough 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 interest resides in the exploitation of the splits in language and reality, and their ambient, transcendental, transgressive qualities, examined through painting, sculpture, space, and the ultimate reality bending device of architecture.