Week 12 – Artist Conversation – Jennifer Chen

Artist: Jennifer Chen
Exhibition: Succession
Media: 3-D Painted Photography
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
Website: does not exist

Jennifer Chen is in her final year at California State University, Long Beach and is attending the School of Art’s Printmaking Program. Jennifer obtained her undergraduate degree in biology and later switched to the art program to because of her interest in art and the ideas it helps create. She says that her artwork is a reflection of her background in biology and that art is an outlet that allows her to express her opinions about it. Next semester, Jennifer plans to teach an undergraduate art class here at Long Beach.

 

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The works featured in the exhibit are photographs edited in photoshop and printed paper and silkscreen to create a 3D effect. There is a ton of detail in the pieces and the texture makes it pop off the canvas. Dark blotches are very prevalent in the pieces that seem to outline trees and different aspects of nature. Some of the photos are taken from Google Earth and blown up and edit by Jennifer in Photoshop and finally printed. The works all seem to follow their own individual color scheme. Some are green while others are saturated in red. Jennifer says that the photos take about a week to edit in Photoshop before they are complete.

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The word succession means a number of people or things sharing a specified characteristic and following one after the other. Jennifer emphasizes succession in her works and how natural occurrences like fires or floods can have a impact on landscapes. Jennifer combines art and biology in her works which focus on how urban developments have succeeded over the natural land which have changed the space.

I think Jennifer’s exhibit was interesting. I particularly liked how she blotched out the man-made sites to highlight the natural features. The way these parts of the photos were blotched out was interesting as well. It wasn’t done subtly at all yet your eyes still seemed to ignore it and focus on the natural parts. I’ve always hear that the human brain sees green the best which could be a reason why this is what my eyes focused on. Overall, I liked looking at the different pieces and commend Jennifer for her work.

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