Chen Zhen and the obviousness of the object

TitreChen Zhen and the obviousness of the object
Type de publicationArticle
Année de publication2017
Titre de la revueJournal of Asian Humanities at Kyushu University
Volumevol. 2, spring 2017
Paginationp. 148, pp. 47-56
Auteur(s)Vincent-Goubeau, A.

This article focuses on paradoxical contemporary artwork, based on the self-evidence of mundane objects in Prayer Wheel: “Money Makes the Mare Go” (Chinese Slang), created in New York in 1997 by Chen Zhen, a French naturalized artist born in China (1955-2000). This installation was made using the personal experience of the artist following a trip to Tibet in 1983, which he made unwillingly. The time he spent with Tibetans changed his perspective such that he gave closer attention to everyday realities. The simplicity of this installation, firmly anchored in material triviality, requires going beyond appearances to better share its non-physical elements. Throughout his work, Chen Zhen built a genuine life project and thought pattern that he called “transexperience.”