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Tuesday 16 October 2012

Chang JinChao 常锦超 at CUT/LOG 2012

Chang JinChao 常锦超 top to bottom: "Not only an exit" oil based pen on canvas, 40 x 50 cm, 2007. "Double World - furry head" oil based pen on canvas, 30 x 40 cm, 2010. "Mr.Lee"oil based pen on canvas, 30 x 40 cm, 2010

Wednesday 1 August 2012

Jinchao's article

Recently, Luxury Concierge China posted an article about our LOVE artist, Chang Jinchao.

Click HERE for full article


Wednesday 18 July 2012

Jinchao's work in details at our LOVE show

Installation view

When Chang Jinchao left his snowy hometown Shenyang in the northeast China and arrived in the tropical island of Singapore at the age of 22, what awaited him was not just the extreme contrast of geography. As a new graduate from his hometown art school, it was the first time Jinchao had made a long journey alone to a new place, let alone to a whole new country. The psychological departure from adolescence turned out to be more traumatic than the physical transformation of his living environment. In Singapore, whilst being overwhelmed by his art studies at LaSalle College and embracing his independence, at the same time he was haunted by feeling of loneliness, homesickness and awkwardness. The freedom of being far away from his parents made him feel uneasy. He missed the arguments he had with his academic parents, even though he remembered them as being strict, nagging and patriarchal.

Jinchao’s art tells the story of himself in such transactions. In his art, Jingchao has transferred himself into a black teddy bear with fluffy, heavy body hair and scattered body scars. The seemingly innocent childhood toy in a solitary dreaming landscape illustrates his personal living condition. The teddy bear that his mother took away from his fully-packed luggage the night before his departure from China has become the substitute of his personal development, as an artist and as a man.

Jianchao’s drawings linger between the reality and the illusionary. Using oil-based pen, he found he could better control the fine details of color and lines and play with the notion of contradiction, as the softness of the oil pen merges with the sharpness of the drawing. Whilst the form of his drawings remain in his childhood realm; where transformers, airplane models, cartoon figures and innocent broken teddies are the heroes, the language they speak is nevertheless bitter and cruel.

Nerves are driven out of the body and blood is spread everywhere. Painful but happy - a typical condition of young people living in the fast changing Asian society of today.

Toys and teddies, dolls and babies, it has been a while that such innocent childhood objects have wandered around in motion picture and visual art. Used and abused, these innocent things are deeply related to the artists’ own traumatic psychology. Japanese cult artist Takashi Murakami has invaded the world with his manga figures, but what he really exports is merely his personal anxiety and hopelessness. As for young Chinese artist Chang Jinchao, the broken hairy teddy will surely haunt him and the art world for a while to come.

Drawing seems like a sort of a language and I use it to express my inner world.     -Chang Jinchao