Old Street Gallery
62 Paul Street
4 October to 10 October, 2019
PV: 4 October, 6pm to 9pm
Yanfei has created a compelling world through a series of engaging paintings. The corners, corridors and empty rooms are, perhaps, metaphors for a state of mind and for all of their sense of desolation, they are intimately concerned with human experience.
— Geraint Evans, Course Leader MA Painting, Wimbledon College of Arts, UAL
The old street gallery is pleased to present WHO IS INSIDE, a solo exhibition of Yanfei Chen, featuring 19 artworks, including 13 oil paintings, 3 poems, and 3 artworks in comprehensive materials made in 2018 and 2019. The exhibition will take place on 4th-10th October, 2019.
WHO IS INSIDE leads the audience to the utopian space imagined by the artist, to explore the relationship between human and interior space. The word “inside” contains dual meanings, indicating the physical interior space as well as the inner-self, where fear, anxiety, and invisible repression converge.
Following Gaston Bachelard’s notion of space, “it is not a container, rather a dwelling place of human consciousness”, Yanfei looks into the meanings of emotional spaces through painting. The contrast between the unsettling real life and the stability of the interiors depicted discloses the conflicts, generating discomforts, confusions, and loneliness. Yanfei transformed her psychological sensations by depicting abnormal objects in the familiar interior spaces or objects in erratic compositions: a crow standing on a mattress, a rock on the dining table, or a sofa in a strange position.
The scenes depicted by Yanfei are personal but with universal sensations. The intangible individual experience finds gestalt in the emptiness and surreality that can be shared. The audiences and the artist become connected in reconstructing memories and dreams via these interior spaces.