陳品陶 Chen Pin Tao
aka AznGothBoy

b. OCT 1994 Greenwich, Sydney, AUS




Chen's practice concerns the trope of figuration under the tensions between primal chaos, eros, and human techne.  Chen’s enquiry into the figure unfolds within the entanglement of the materialist reading of spirituality and the metaphysical nature of the sublime.  Chen bridges the ritualistic manipulation of the body and the evolution of the mind to generate liminal spaces of transcendence.  Using the fetishistic figure as a vessel, Chen confronts the infinite malleability of the human psyche, imagines and reinvent alternative modes of existence enabled by our innate human potentia.  Within the primal gestures and techne aided processes, mind-body connections and relations are examined through acts of metamorphosis in both metaphorical and formal manifestations through the figure as a central subject.


Descendent of an esteemed luthier and hailing from a lineage of master craftsmen, Chen’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 Chen’s works unravel between both tradition and technological acceleration, converging towards a new gesamtkunstwerk.  Imagery, talismanic and animistic objects are means to excavate alienated ancestral history, romanticism and poetics through deep introspection, examining humanity's inability to comprehend the sublime.


In an accelerated and trance-like state induced by the fissures between contemporaneity, hysteria, modern science and mysticism, Chen creates ecstatic situations, implicate and explicate order––or unfoldment––in the virtual, the real, and their in-between states.  Through the alchemy of history and fantasy, Chen expands the already rich ontological vocabulary of contemporary materialism and immaterialism and uncover new modes of existence.  Reality is stranger than fiction, Chen’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.