Sometimes You Do
But Sometimes You Don't
Boston — April 8, 2008 Gallery Anthony Curtis announces its upcoming exhibition: Chris Chou: Between. The exhibition will run from April 16th to May 17th. The artist's reception will be held on Friday April 18th from 5 to 8 pm.
The great Chinese Taoist philosopher Zhuang Tze wrote in his eponymous classic: Last night, I dreamt that I was a butterfly, flying all over the mountains and rivers. It was so real that when I woke up, I was not sure if I was Zhuang Tze turned into a butterfly in dream or I was a butterfly turned into Zhuang Tze in reality”.
Among the newest work by Chou, there are two paintings curiously entitled “A Kite Butterfly” and “My Name is Kite but I am a Butterfly”. If Chou is not subconsciously influenced by Taoism, she is definitely pursuing a philosophy of her own in her art. That is, to create “pure art”. Chou insists her art sprouting from visceral emotions rooted deeply within her psyche, instead of being an end-product of academic calculation and execution of colors and composition. Chinese by birth, Chris received her training in her native Taiwan, then in Hawaii, New York City and Boston, where she finally stayed and set up her studio. For Chou, both her inherited Chinese and adopted American cultures have given her art different traits that contribute to an intriguing identity.
With an intensity that bespeaks feelings instead of techniques, Chou keeps her art raw and bare to evoke similar feelings from the viewers. Many have mistaken Chou for an aboriginal artist or an outside artist who has never received formal training, although one must admit that like them, her painting seems also dictated by her heart. But after all, does an artist with such an individual style have to be categorized in one type or the other? Does it even matter whether she is a kite, or a butterfly?
Chou is a recipient of 2007 Guggenheim Fellowship, which is thereby acknowledged for support for her work
This exciting exhibition will be on view from April 16th to May 17th at Gallery Anthony Curtis, 186 South Street, Boston, MA 02111. An artists’ reception will be held Friday April 18th from 5 to 8pm.