The Idler’s Hasty Gaze
Eszter Chen solo exhibition
時間｜2017/8/4 （五） — 2017/8/20（日）
地點｜朋 丁 pon ding 二樓
地址｜臺北市中山區中山北路一段53 巷6 號
展覽｜ 2017/8/5 （六） 15:00 藝術家出席
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〈閒暇者的忙碌凝視 The Idler’s Hasty Gaze〉是Eszter Chen在日常插畫委託工作之餘，持續耕耘的繪畫創作，此一系列畫作受到野獸派畫家馬諦斯（Henri Matisse）的創作所影響和啟發，她著迷於馬諦斯畫中看似靜態但所堆積出的濃厚情緒，激發她以自己的方式去使用顏色和表達情感。
本名陳純虹，台北出生，洛杉磯長大，畢業於加州帕薩迪納藝術中心設計學院（Art Center College of Design），取得插畫系榮譽學士學位，也曾在時裝界擔任印花設計師。
”What on earth are you busy with?”
“So, do you think I am just hanging around?”
Acting as an idler, or to admit myself as an idler, I take gazing as my posture or doing something by doing nothing. I keep the condition of inactiveness flowing and being busy in an immobile manner.
Women and still lives have always been subjects of illustrator Eszter Chen’s work.
In her paintings, the line between people and inanimate objects is so fine that you could hardly tell. The space around seems like a set built deliberately whereas the gestures of women put themselves into the spirit of still lives. Plus, the bold, flat and colorful blocks postpone the emotional impact. On 2D, she creates a status, as if the audience could literally be the one to gaze, and leaves a large patch of lasting clues.
The exhibition The Idler’s Hasty Gaze puts focus on Chen’s free creation in the spare time aside from daily illustration work. The series is inspired by the famous Fauvist painter, Henri Matisse. Chen’s truly fascinated by the rich sentiment piled up by objects that are seemingly motionless in Matisse’s work and motivated to use the colors and express feelings freely.
The world is formed by the point, line, surface and object shuttled with human affairs and mysteries. Chen takes a step back to deconstruct the idea of idleness and haste, meanwhile, to demonstrate implicitly all kinds of absurd possibilities in an elaborate and detailed way in her ravish composition.
░ About the artist
Eszter Chen was born in Taipei and raised in Los Angeles.
She received her BFA in illustration design with honor from Art Center College of Design Pasadena and worked in fashion industry as a textile designer for brands after school.
Now Eszter is a visual artist based in Taipei, working in drawing, painting, mix medium, surface design, and sculptures. Eszter’s art and illustration are inspired by everyday elements, memory, dreams, and stories; then she approaches them into a modern, unique and colourful way. Many of Eszter’s art work explores the relationships between colour and shapes, and adding patterns in her story telling which involves femininity, surrealism, awkwardness and irony. Her work is also described as bright, colourful and playful. She co-founded her art studio in Taipei working with her two Italian greyhounds Bumbie and Timmy, continue observing this beautiful world through painting.