Wk12 – Artist Conversation – Jennifer Chen

Artist: Jennifer Chen

Exhibition: Succession

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov West

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Jennifer Chen is close to obtaining her Masters in Fine Arts from CSULB. Chen studied Biology as an undergraduate. From her education background, she was able to find inspiration for her art pieces. Upon graduation, she plans on teaching some art classes. Chen’s art pieces were the main topic of conversation, with little mention of her life outside of art unlike the previously held discussions.

In this exhibit, the art pieces were mounted on the walls. All of the pieces were similar to what an individual would see in an art gallery, piece after piece on the wall. It looked much like frames mounted on the wall. The first piece I am going to examine would be the one with what looks like part of a freeway interchange. From afar, the piece looked like a plain old picture of a freeway interchange but then I went in to examine it more closely. First thing I noticed was the glossy texture on the piece. Looking closely in to the piece, I notice how detailed the roads and trees are. It feels like the picture is three dimensional, well at least giving off that effect. The details are so precise, even down to the shadows. The other pieces, included in pictures below, are similar to the first piece, in where it shares the same exact values and portrayal.

Chen shared with us her process in printmaking for this exhibit. First, her inspirations stemmed from her background in Biology and her interest in art. Her pieces were snapshots from Google maps that were printed on top. She said her ideas explore succession and describes a disturbance in landscapes over time. Chen enjoyed looking at different sights whether historic or monumental. Chen used digital print on Epsom. According to Chen, all of them have the same monotone style and used gloss for the three dimensional effect.

Personally, I found this exhibit relatively captivating. I have an interest in how roads are and landscapes within the city, so that played a part in my interest for this exhibit. Each piece in the exhibit was amazing and the process and dedication put in to it is inspiring.


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