Interview with Vincent CY Chen

Primitive Effort / Mixed Media / 2014

Primitive Effort / Mixed Media / 2014

Vincent CY Chen (born 1993) is a New York-based Taiwanese artist, who's interest in the human body led him to explore a wide array of subjects allowing him to truly develop an understanding of the opposing but not always contradicting polarities; interwoven between the structural composition and mental psyche of human development. Chen specializes in creating art that is true to his journey in exploring and defining the meaning of being human. These art forms include but are not limited to sculptures, mixed media installations, and performances. 

Color Wheel Exhibition / New York / 2015

Color Wheel Exhibition / New York / 2015

Who is your intended audience?

I don’t work on my art with specific audience in mind, perhaps most of the time I’m the worst critic for my own art so I try very hard to make something I personally think that are meaningful and aesthetically pleasing for my own eyes.

What inspires you?

All kinds of stuff happens to human or I should say all animals physically and mentally inspires me. Growth and decay, life and death, mental behavior and illness, human beliefs and traditions from ancient time to modern society.

What is your most important artist tool? Is there something you can’t live without in your studio?

Tools are something a sculptor cannot live without, I especially like to think that tools are the extensions of human body. I work on a wide rage of material from foam to epoxy clay to 3D printing therefore there isn’t a single tool that dominates my art making experience, I would say my hands are the best tools and the ones I cannot live without. 

Eye See Corolla / Mixed Media / 2015

Eye See Corolla / Mixed Media / 2015

Why do you make art?

I think the reason why I make art is same as the reason why I masturbate, it’s something I do out of urge and desire, and the experience undoubtedly pleasurable.

How would you describe your art?

I would say my sculptures can be described uncanny, I like how they all seem oddly familiar to me and hopefully to the viewers.

Name a couple of things that makes you happy?

Good food, interesting books and of course, art!

Do you have any bad habits? And does it affects on your art?

I guess smoking would be my bad habit. Every now and then new ideas for art come across my mind during my smoking breaks.

Studio view / New York / 2015

Studio view / New York / 2015

What kinds of books do you read usually?

Adventurous fantasy novels! Nothing sparks my imagination as much as a good fantasy novel.

Can you tell me about your relationship with your work?

I see my works as my spiritual companions, I feel like I make art just so I don’t feel as lonely as I really am, on the other hand, the transformation of the intangible idea in my mind into plastic reality proves that I was once existed.


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Interview with Monika Horčicová

Monika Horčicová, born(1988) and raised in Prague, is an artist best known for her 3D-printed surrealistic skeletal pieces. She orientates bones in unusual, beautiful and surprising ways. 

What inspires you? What inspired this piece/idea?

Last year I finished my studies at The Studio of Figurative Sculpture, and was inspired by the natural form of the human body. I’m interested in working with the real shapes of human body as a medium to express my thoughts.

born (1988) and raised in Prague, is an artist best known for her 3D-printed surrealistic skeletal pieces. She orientates bones in unusual, beautiful and surprising ways. 

What is your most important artist tool? Is there something you can’t live without in your studio? 

Many tools are important :-). I have my favorite spatula, for instance -- can’t do anything without it. Also, I often use mechanical tools such as a small milling machine and lots of abrasive canvases. Sometimes, though, it's sufficient to capture and put down ideas using just a pencil and a paper.

Name a couple of things that make you happy?

My partner, food, alcohol, music.

Are you working on some new projects these days?

Yes, finally. Now I've started to work again. A month ago, I finished some new projects. The Triennial Grenchen is one of the projects, which will start in September - in Switzerland. Currently, I've been working on a series called "Mosaics". I use a mobile application, which divided the images of sculptures into kaleidoscope patterns. It's fun!  Also I am working on other figural sculptures, which still has no title but it is similar series and inspired by my past work k1 (One of the series of Communication Cycle)



You're working with tradition and technologies together. How does technology influence your work?  

As you can see through my work, I'm very enthusiastic about 3D technologies. Without it, some pieces could not hold their own as sculptures. I’m glad that I'm able to transform my ideas into objects via 3D technology. ^_^

Sometimes artists get obsessed with objects. I’ve seen a lot of bones in your work as a subject or element. What makes you so interested in bones? Would you elaborate?

I can say it's a skeletal motif.  Most of my works have the actual shape of bones as a foundation.  It's something that fascinates me. I used to see and work with the bone structures in my first years of studying (Studio of Sculpture). In my Studio of Sculpture class, we emphasis the bones and their functions. Then there's a general 'symbolism' of bone, which is basically a metaphor for life and death . How it effects us when we see a bone by itself or in a skeletal composition. I´m trying to convince the viewer (and myself) that death may not be so scary after all. Therefore, most of my compositions are simplified and the bones are stylized. Perhaps I might try to interpret things in light of my own mortality.

I see a lot of repetitive or cycling patterns in your work. Does it mean something emotionally or psychologically?

Maybe... Everything is connected to everything else…

Who is your intended audience?

I don't work with an intention to focus on a set group of people. I like it when someone is interested in my work because the feedback from the audience is always interesting. But it is not a high priority for me.


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