“Let our eyes roam around and glance aimlessly, making them leap from or alight upon the appearances of virtual or real things, so that we can savor each step of our lives.” — Lai Chiu-Chen
By means of consumption, simulation and appropriation, Lai Chiu-Chen detached quotidian images from their original contexts and turned them into abstract patterns or figurative symbols through depicting part of them, thereby getting them in a concurrently irrelevant yet continual state.
Toy components have come up frequently as the subject of Lai’s works since 2000. His art series “Five Ways of Praying” was completed in 2005. Instead of deconstructing toys to derive cryptic meanings as he previously did, the artist converted to observing toys’ front appearances. Nevertheless, he followed his consistent approach of showing the parts and removing the backgrounds, trying to erase as many immediately recognizable features as possible, thus enabling these images to be every viewer’s (or everyone’s) toys, make brand new references, and bring freshness to their meanings.
“Five Ways of Praying” consists of five brilliant pieces, namely [The Fly Brothers], [The Stars and Moon Twinkling in the Eyes], [The Suspension Bridge Which A Fat Guy Just Walked Through], [I Thought of the Langlois Bridge at Arles] and [Ambiguity in the Pocket]. As for the outcome of such juxtaposition of the five pieces, the artist left that to the viewers’ imagination and interpretation.
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