Shih Hsiung Chou

Degree Show View
Oil Painting_Recycle Engine Oil, Perspex_84x64x4cm_2011 front with artist's self-reflection
Oil Painting_Recycle Engine Oil, Perspex_160x120x6cm_2012 Degree Show front
Oil Painting_Recycle Engine Oil, Perspex_84x64x4cm_2011

Shih Hsiung Chou

Work from his oeuvre.

“Since my art practice has taken on ideas of making art through an investigation of material processes and the formation of meaning and identity, I have begun considering the relationship between my work and the history of painterly art, but inflected through questions about how the meaning of the object or image works contextually and symbolically. More recently, I have been exploring a process of image making that plays with a complex set of internal/external spatial relations.

Having investigated the relationship between artists and art materials throughout history, I have tried to push the boundary of painting and practiced painting in my own ways. This Oil Painting series never dry, nor does it sit on a canvas. The space within a clear perspex frame (or other vessels) is filled by recycle engine oil. This contextually relevant material is preserved as a monumental object and represented through a form of painterly art. I’m not trying to imitate an oil painting, I’m trying to make one. And if I disregard the assumption that painting is layers of pigments applied to a surface, then I am practicing painting by other means.” – Shih Hsiung Chou

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