In the artwork of emerging Chinese artist, James Chen-Feng Kao, he is interested in the combination of abstraction and "characters." He creates graphic characters and draws them using ink strokes inspired by Chinese calligraphy. He has created a pattern titled "Skullscape," which is a tessellation of geometric color shapes where each shape is an abstraction of the human skull; the top part of each shape is wider than the bottom part, and the shape is symmetrical. The "Skullscape" pattern is painted into his ink drawings as well as onto character sculptures. The abstract ink strokes and acylic color pattern add a layer of encoding, which draws the audience in. Jame's art lies in the moment of interaction between the viewers and the work: when the audience deciphers and realizes what they see is not what they expected.
$ (as of June 5, 2017, 7:56 am)600.00 (as of June 5, 2017, 7:56 am)
A meticulously detailed composition showing swirling bands of color and suggestions of thorns in the foreground, with complex organic forms being visible beyond these shapes, creating a depth of perspective. The symbolism being the trials and tribulations of the human condition, and the strength we display in over coming them.
$ (as of June 5, 2017, 11:38 pm)6,600.00 (as of June 5, 2017, 11:38 pm)
I am inspired by the supernatural and otherworldly. I love the mystery of dusk and the shapes it creates with the approaching night. The piece was done in charcoal using a subtractive method, where I lay down the medium and remove it with an eraser. The piece has been sprayed with a fixative, however, it is important to not touch the surface. This piece is on heavyweight paper and will need a frame for display.
From the series "Code", oil and graphite pencil on paper, 30 x 30 cm. A map is an imprint, a sign of man in the landscape. An alien intelligence, observing our cities from the great distances of the space, could interpret them as the characters of an alphabet, sort of messages, a code of signs, each one different from the other, each with its own meaning and its own syntax. This hypothetical alien presence may not even realize that these cities have a purpose and a function, which are the product of the way we have adapted to live on this planet, but it could engage in an attempt to interpret this unknown language, identifying the alphabet and associating to each character a precise meaning. We will still be able to understand and share this new meanings, or will they have lost any sense for us?