Artist/Maker: Alex Chien (b. 1994)
Object/Materials and Techniques: Acrylics, sprays and oil pastels on canvas
Date: Painted in 2020
Dimensions: H.120 cm. x W. 90 cm.
Art style: Illustration / Graffiti art / Cartoon art / Reflections of Surrealism / Pop Surrealism
Current Location: Artist’s collection
Curator’s note: Capitalizing on a vibrant compound, the portrayed illustration carries a graffiti expressive power that defines Alex Chien’s personal signature artistic vernacular. Apart from an overall charismatic sense of animation and a remarkable emphasis on many sided detailed complexes, all lines and figures convey strength and power, communicate simultaneously thought and humour, and grouped together reinforce the contentious cartooning act that takes place in front of the viewer.
Cartoon tainted forms and figures animatedly arranged, thrusting upwards across the canvas, wrapping the one around the other, and picked out in rich vibrant colours provoke such an intense vibe to the observer that captivate the eye at once.
Making a more or less disguised use of the ‘subversive’ and the ‘transcendental’ which vaguely specify Pop Surrealism’s philosophy, Alex Chien, puts himself in a hypothetic situation of being a plant, introducing a utopian version of his self, his identity and his personality, shaped into a vegetal dimension. With a strong auto-sarcastic attitude and an inspiring sense of eerie, he slips the audience into the perspective of an alternate reality, poking fun, while, at the same time, drawing attention upon crucial environmental matters of our times.
Through exceptional technical ability and flawless execution, falling, on one hand, under the influence of Surrealism while, on the other, becoming intrigued by the aesthetics of cartoons and comics, Alex Chien succeeds in marking out the uniqueness and the dynamism of a fairly Pop Surrealist oeuvre.