Limerick, Ireland
Chen Wenbo, Incompletable Writings I, 2007, oil on canvas, 365 x 400 cm

Chen Wenbo

b. 1969, China

I have nothing to satirise or to caricature. As an artist, I don’t have a definite object of life, or, so to speak, my object is random. Moreover, I find that in many cases where contemporary art is new in style, it remains revisionist in nature. Art, especially contemporary art, should definitely go beyond this. One essential principle of conceptual art is to be simple and direct in the use of materials. There is no so-called ‘advance’ achieved by technological aspects of a medium. I certainly don’t believe in that. On the contrary, I believe in new interpretations of the world and life.

(Text: too early for vacation catalogue, 2008)

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