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Baoyang Chen
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Greenpoint



ARTIST STATEMENT: I have been heavily influenced by Zbigniew Karkowski's sound work, which encouraged me to take the first steps in creating algorithm-based art. I wish to acknowledge a parallel to his concept of the ¡°impossibility of improvisation¡± ¨C variation arises from standardizations, that has been essential to my creative thinking and practice. Setting foot in the U.S. in 2011 distanced me from the blanketing experience of Chinese culture, and gave me the opportunity to deal with my Chinese heritage with a more globally integrated mindset and in a project based upon abstraction and reconstruction. My diasporic experiences made China seem at quite a distance and seemingly unrelated to my immediate Western experience. I knew I wanted to think in terms of both cultures but could not, at first, consciously find a way to frame the issues to do that. If anything, it was my digital training that more immediately helped to pave the way to a more global perspective because, despite the differences in software and programming, there is a universalizing base to the digital flow. For my recent project - De Shan Shui, I feed a batch of 104 images into my algorithms, and repeated this process with different parameters, which provided me with thousands of visuals to work with and choose from. The foundation of above process is my set of three self-coded algorithms that reconfigure the raw information in the original Shan Shui paintings. My digital methodologies provide me working techniques of universalism, repetition, randomness and effortless-action. I convert the brushwork to create new arrangements of pixels and color information based upon the original earlier Shan Shui paintings. My working tools are my algorithms, which use computational formulae to reconstruct the original tableaux in order to spawn new ones. Below is an image of one my father¡¯s original Shan Shui paintings and an output of it made from one of my algorithms.
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De-ShanShui at Chambers Fine Art in Chelsea.

July-10-2014 – August-16-2014

July 10 - August 16, 2014

"New Acquaintances: works by Chen Baoyang, Fu Xiaotong, GAMA and Wang Fengge" focuses on four emerging artists born between 1976 and 1989. All four work in different media, but each responds in one way or another to aspects of the history of Chinese art ranging from the classical landscape tradition to Socialist Realism in a deeply personal manner.

BAOYANG CHEN(b. 1989) received his MFA in Photography, Video and Related Media from the School of Visual Arts, NYC. Paradoxically, as the son of a distinguished traditional Chinese painter, he has a closer affinity to the continuity of Chinese visual culture than the other three artists in the exhibition, although he is furthest removed from it in terms of his preferred media. In a highly original way, he adheres to the traditional Chinese approach of learning by copying and imitating by feeding images of 104 of his father¡¯s paintings into his algorithms and repeating this process with different parameters. He has stated that ¡°I convert the brushwork to create new arrangements of pixels and color information based upon the original Shan Shui (Chinese landscape) paintings. My working tools are my algorithms, which use computational formulae to reconstruct the original tableaux in order to spawn new ones. My digital methodologies provide me working techniques of universalism, repetition, randomness and effortless-action.¡±

Although glimpses of mountains, Chinese characters etc. appear in the dizzying interplay of forms and colors in Chen¡¯s works in inkjet on silk- they are only of minor importance in the abstract visual dynamics that he achieves through cutting-edge technology.

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