Chen Danyang


Main exhibitions:

2007-At Mantingfang Contemporary Art Gallery in Jurongxuan in Shanghai.

2008-“Remembering Tushanwan”Tushanwan museum artwork group exhibition.

2008-Joint exhibition at Zhengzhou Jinqiu Art Museum in Henan Province,Zhengzhou City.

2008-<Fan Tingzuo’s portrait painting>Tushanwan Collection Museum.

2011-Heart’s Breathing—Chen Danyang Contemporary Abstract painting exhibition at Tushanwan Art Museum.

2011-“Who understands art”—Chen Danyang exhibition  BEING3  ART  GALLERY   Beijing

2013   “以蒙德里安的梭子为名”Chen Danyang exhibition  BEING3  ART  GALLERY   Beijing

2013 Scope 迈阿密,以及Arca 迈阿密 艺博会,美国迈阿密,在3画廊。

2014 中国意大利双年展 北京

2014 理性的狂喜/陈丹阳个展 在3画廊 北京

2015 香港Art Central艺博会  香港 在3画廊

2015 意大利中国双年展  意大利 都灵

2016 Scope Basel ,瑞士巴塞尔,在3画廊

2016 第四届中国意大利双年展,北京

2016 第一届中国西班牙美术馆长论坛群展,北京

To Chen, however, colors do not correspond with objects and feelings in this traditional way, nor do they entail relationships between objects and words. When we say he acquires pure visual experimentation, we mean that he does the simplest weaving and construction. His methods become a dialog among colors and paints. He avoids using points, lines, and planes to create visual illusions, movements of figures and light, still life objects or free emotional expressions. He even avoids possible random traces of brushstrokes. In a frame of rigid logical coordinates, Chen carefully weaves boundaries, ranges, harmony, dispute, implication, revelation and unification. Everything is full of possibilities. It is like a biologist not knowing the personality of the embryo he breeds, or a cosmologist imagining the next “big bang”. However, this might only be our imagination, while Chen’s works are perhaps really just serene and calm. 

When we look at his works, it is better to first stand five meters away, in order to appreciate their richness in color, then, to step forward one meter to observe the dense and cascading structure, and finally, to come as close as thirty centimeters to examine the highly pure paints. The experiments adopted by the artist can easily bring the viewer into a dilemma between an extremely precise structure and an unpredictable interpretation. 

“Formula-Language” could be a metaphor for our era. “Formula” is an element, and a component for elaboration. People’s daily life is simply self-adjustment and traps in the “formula.” Nobody can determine his/her personal “formula” without contemplating the totality of one’s format. The world is much like a gigantic net—one could see the invisible longitudes and latitudes of the earth from far away, and Beijing’s Jianwai SOHO Complex from close-up. Each one of us is assigned to one of the seats or positions in these formats. Our life unfolds along the coordinate system—no matter if it is spring or winter, if we are wandering on earth or flying in the air. The seeking for memories no longer depends on the shapes of mountains and rivers, and the seeking for directions no longer relies on the guidance of bridges and trees; rather, it relies on the formula through the coordinates, and it is always right here, no matter what. How do we perceive a world of this kind? To let people live in Chen’s “formulaic experiments?” The rigid logical weaving is exactly like walking on the railroad, while exhausting the colors and paints among a world of objects and emotions we used to indulge ourselves in.

Do we have to mix together sweet tastes of innocence and default formulaic traps in order to adjust to the floral fabrics in front of us? Or should we sit down and take a detailed observation towards the deep-end of the images: the vagueness and lost feeling we normally experience after viewing extreme blow-ups of images (traditional film images); the extreme pixels bring us a formulaic construction, and the world only gives us two options to read images. This leads us to think again about genes and the moment universe broke out from the original chaos. Art might just bring some possibilities, so we can weave our dreams into some possible worlds. 

The Chen Danyang I know immerses himself in Bach’s well-tempered claviers and the hysterics of Rock-n-Roll, in artistic creations, and in cooking refined cuisines for everybody. Patience and calmness are weaved in the aesthetically rational forms, and this is exactly who he is.