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Wen Hsiang Mark Chen was born in 1957, Taipei, and graduated from the fine arts department of Chinese Culture University in 1980, Taiwan. He obtained the MFA degree of CUNY in 1990, USA. After returning to Taiwan in 1992, he and couples of artists found Shin Le Yuan Art Space, a non-profit co-op artist group and continued to participate in group exhibitions and released solo shows every two or three years. Among the early stage in 1983, to echo the political and social movement, he created a method of “scrabble Chinese painting” as a symbol of resistance to traditional preach of Chinese propriety, developing a kind of none expected, non-reason “black and white painting” (sounds like “scrabble” in Taiwanese) series. When study art in New York In 1987, he started to try mixed medias and later joined the “ready-mades” to fabric his art works. By using proliferation, consumption wastes, the contents of his art shift to Involve the allegory of social and political phenomena. Returning Taiwan in 1992, he first tried installation in space. Until today he keep searching and imagination the situation of the individual under the manipulation of specific Party-state capitalism in Taiwan. He often applied the Taiwan unique red stripe plastic bags as converted symbols of vulgar and sacred, reality and extraordinary, deconstruction and identity.

birth year
1957
Place of Birth
Taipei
Taiwan
education
1990
MFA Fine Arts
CUNY
1980
Graduate Fine Arts Department
Chinese Culture University
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CURRICULUM VITAE
2017
Material Aspecpes
Haiton Art Center , Taipei , Taiwan
2010
Saint Everything
La Chambre Art Gallery , Taipei , Taiwan
2008
REWRITING
Shin Len Yuan Art Space , Taipei , Taiwan
2005
Black Sculpture—Affecting through Lightness
Shin Len Yuan Art Space , Taipei , Taiwan
2004
Saint Something
Shin Len Yuan Art Space , Taipei , Taiwan
2003
I None
Paint House Studio - ㄦAttic Exhibition , Tainan , Taiwan
2001
Entangled
Shin Len Yuan Art Space , Taipei , Taiwan
1998
Very LOW/e Exhibition
Nhcue Art Space , Hsinchu , Taiwan
1998
Super Low Reality
Shin Len Yuan Art Space , Taipei , Taiwan
1997
Meaning is Thin
Chien Art Space , Taipei , Taiwan
1995
Reality is a Bloated Plastic Bag
Shin Len Yuan Art Space , Taipei , Taiwan
1993
A solo exhibition by Mark Wen-Hsiang Chen
Kitchen & Craft - Home , Taipei , Taiwan
2014
Towering Self, Wen-Hsiang Chen and Shu-Li Kuo Duo Exhibition
In Live , Taipei , Taiwan
2014
13th Artist Fair Taiwan
Shin Kong Mitsukoshi Xinyi Place A11 , Taipei , Taiwan
2014
2014 Art Creator Exhibition and Performance
Taipei National University of the Arts Underground Gallery , Taipei , Taiwan
2013
12th Artist Fair Taiwan
Tainan Cultural and Creative Park, Taipei Expo Park Pavilion of New Fashion, The Paper Mill Taiwan
2013
Action III: Consciousness Hopscotch
ARTDOOR Gallery , Taipei , Taiwan
2012
Production of Senses: When Knowledge Becomes Attitude
Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts , Taipei , Taiwan
2012
11th Artist Fair Taiwan, Taichung Cultural and Creative Industries Park
Songshan Cultural and Creative Park , Taipei , Taiwan
2012
Action II: Consciousness Brocade
ARTDOOR Gallery , Taipei , Taiwan
2012
New Year, Auspicious Growth
Unique Art , Taipei , Taiwan
2011
Artist Fair Taiwan
Bopiliao Historical Block, The Pier-2 Art Center , Taipei, Kaohsiung , Taiwan
2010
80 New York, 10 Taiwan
Star Gallery , Taipei , Taiwan
2010
Crowded Paradise
Shin Leh Yuan Art Space , Taipei , Taiwan
2009
Tinder—Contemporary Art Trends Invited Exhibition
A7958 Gallery , Taichung , Taiwan
2008
Eternal Adventureland—A Strategy to let Museums Reembrace Streets, Factories, and Sitting Rooms, The Shin Leh Yuan Art space 10th Anniversary Exhibition
Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts , Taipei , Taiwan
2006
City Mambo—International Exchange Exhibition of Stone Villa, Sydney vs. SLY Art Space,Taipei
Shin Leh Yuan Art Space , Taipei , Taiwan
2005
Visual Arts Forum-“Disguise and Identity,”
Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts , Taipei , Taiwan
2005
2005 Kuandu Hero’s Record—Taiwan Modern Art Exhibition
Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts , Taipei , Taiwan
2005
Flu
SinPinPier - Absolutely Art Space , Kaohsiung , Taiwan
2004
Enough to See
Minghsin University of Science and Technology Art Center , Hsinchu , Taiwan
2001
Labyrinth of Pleasure
MOCA Taipei , Taipei , Taiwan
1996
1996 Taipei Biennial: The Quest for Identity
Taipei Fine Arts Museum , Taipei , Taiwan
1996
A Foolish Way, Wen-Hsiang Chen, Off Course, Sheng-Chih Chen Duo Exhibition
Howard Salon , Taipei , Taiwan
1995
Five Person Drawing Exhibition
Howard Salon , Taipei , Taiwan
1995
Eight Ways to Dive
Shin Leh Yuan Art Space , Taipei , Taiwan
1990
 
O’Connor Scholarship
CUNY
New York , USA
1990
 
Best Graduate Exhibition Award
CUNY
New York , USA
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Meaning Is Thin
1997
Life itself is a big ruin. It's lacking in aesthetics, thin with meaning, weak with consciousness, dull and unremarkable. If Dadaists was exploding culture, then I am attempting to find signs of life in the rubble and ruins left by the cultural explosion; attempting to open my eyes widely, amidst the weakness, to see the world; to glean a sliver of nutrient from the ruin; to search for a piece of dazzling wreckage in the dullness. The plastic bag only presents its utility and meaning when it' ...
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Three Hot Sauna Bed
The neoliberalism global economy impacts local agriculture, produce importers with large capital dominates with brainwashing advertisements, large quantities of western produce seize the palate of the new generation and replace traditional local agricultural goods. On the other hand, large young populations leave farm villages to seek employment in the cities, forcing vast farmlands to lie fallow. The originally pure and simple farmlands in the hometowns can only seek survival through explori ...
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Worried About None
The word "none" (which directly translates to "bag") is symbolized by a plastic bag, thus, the literal meaning of Worried About None refers to sheltering oneself inside a plastic bag. It's a metaphor for the act of hiding inside some sort of safe but also closed-off environment, unable to turn over and avoiding any form of breakthrough. It refers to a form of real environment where one truly lives complacently within, where one is attached and reluctant to leave or unable to escape. A seeming ...
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Saint Everything
2008-2010
Walter Benjamin discusses how modern art, because of mass-reproduction and kitsch, has lost its aura. But in this materialist modern life, full of grandeur and desire, people have already experienced the illusion, misperception, and hallucination caused by overexcitement, overwork, indulgence, and delusion, which creates a "flash of aura" similar to the phenomenon of terminal lucidity. This always makes people feel as if they've suddenly saw something and understood something. In the contempo ...
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Mark Wen-Hsiang CHEN, 2007, Installation Art
Mark Wen-Hsiang CHEN, 2004, Installation Art
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Mark Wen-Hsiang CHEN, 2008, Installation Art
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