James Chen-Feng Kao
I want my work to capture the viewer and take them elsewhere. I provide the impetus for this journey without dictating the destination. I do this through drawings, sculptures, and installations that present suggested stories and abstracted characters. I render characters using Chinese calligraphy ink strokes, I paint a pattern titled “Skullscape” onto character sculptures, and I place figurine multiples into specific formations. All these actions mix the element of abstraction with the cartoon, and add an extra layer of masking but suggest fragments of stories and personalities. My art lies in the moment of interaction between the viewers and the work: when they decipher and realize what they see is not what they expect, and this moment takes them to another place from present consciousness.