In her work, Zhang Chen explores the narrative potential of silent comics, where the reader/viewer receives all the necessary information from the drawing itself.
She places minor occurrences and everyday impressions at the forefront of simple, sketched stories, embellished through humour and playful imagination. When we’re peeking through a peephole, we’re interested in what’s on the other side, perhaps we’re a little nervous and curious – as though we were reading the comic through a peephole. That’s why the artist will present her work with the help of a “retro” stereoscope that conjures up the illusion of movement from a sequence of static images in front of the viewer’s eyes.
Chen Zhang (1990) graduated in illustration and animation at the Minerva Art Academy in Groningen in the Netherlands, and has focused primarily on exploring the comics medium over the past two years. She works in various formats, always seeking new ways of expression and testing different as well as unconventional print surfaces. With her exhibition as part of the Tinta comics festival, she is concluding her work at the DobraVaga Gallery Open Studio, where she resided from August to October 2019.
Organisation: Kino Šiška