陈文华的架上绘画描述极其日常的东西，纯粹的抽象色块与“写生”的山、星空、雨伞，这种独特画面的作品，将与现实日常物品并置，如在7 eleven便利店购买的普通雨伞。抽象色块、写生图示、日常物品三者之间形成互为“参照物”的关系,面对“参照物”，在存在与丧失之间，“人们如何思考？”是这个项目所要探究的。此外,在7 eleven便利店购买的普通雨伞，由艺术家签上了名字，在“现成品”概念的参照下, “它是否会成为独立的或者作品的一部分?”也是艺术家在艺术史的大背景下的挑战。
Chen Wenhua's works convery a strong natural tension of thinking. A series of his works recently created are the results of reshaping our ways of thinking. Starting from the Loss of Reference, he has become increasingly interested in analyzing the relationship between daily life and art, abstract and reality, questioning things themselves in familiarity and inertia. There is always references in our cognition. The existence of reference is necessary, but also a constraint to our thoughts.
Chen's paintings present ordinary things in daily life, pure abstract color pieces and sketch-style mountains, stars and umbrellas. These unique works will be juxtaposed with real daily objects, such as the ordinary umbrella purchased at Seven-Eleven convenience stores. Abstract color pieces, sketches and daily objects form a relationship of "reference objects" to each other. In the face of "reference objects", between existence and loss, "how do people think?" That's what this project is about to explore. In addition, ordinary umbrellas purchased at 7-eleven have been signed by artists. Under the concept of "readymade products", "will it be independent, or at least part of the work?" This is also a challenge for artists in the context of art history.
Our consciousness of thoughts is derived from history, naturally born with unconscious inertia and prejudice. Questioning is the way to cultivate thoughts. In addition to easel painting, Chen has always been sensitive to the most common and simple things in daily life on his video and animation works. Through the minimalist language processing, Chen explores the essence of things in various semantic images, and dialyses the relationship between reality and fiction, perception and cognition.
For example, in The Perpetrator, a fly is crawling on the ever-changing screensaver. This concept has pulled people back from the virtual journey that is based on online networks, as if everyone can get involved. The Internet has started a new way that enables every individual to participate in global affairs. It seems that everyone has the right to express, but the reality may be that we are just the fly on the screen.
In A Vanishing Island, the artist connects the rippling water surrounding an island to the dancing in different time and space. He projects the fantasy on the same island onto a differentiated geographical location, with the main argument completely suspended. The bizarre background music has rendered a psychological yawing, revealing the sense of true loneliness.
Chen Wenhua's works are personalized and based on a micro perspective, involving quite little public participation and historical depth. However, throughout his creative career and conceptual development, Chen has never fallen into the stylized dilemma. In fact, he is an artist who upholds historicism. He keeps innovating his own creative history with daily narrative writing, increasingly matured.
In the history of philosophy, starting from Descartes, understanding mind itself becomes the beginning of spiritual liberation. Art, as the carrier of spiritual and behavioral liberation, can give us more possibilities to understand the future of the world by understanding and capturing meaning from the mind itself.
Wen Jialin，July 26, 2018,
the ancient village of Fuzhou