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Chen Cao


2013, Oil on canvas, 30"w x 40"h

My paintings explore ideas of impermanence in relation to the human subject. Growing up with physical illness, I contemplated the degree of value of the human body. I dig deep into my subjectivity and attempt to show these relations through my work. I use the figure as an object to connect the human consciousness with external circumstances. In my effort to execute technical expertise, I convey a sense of oneness between external and internal realities in my paintings. As the Buddhist sutra states, “All conditioned dharmas are like dreams, phantoms, bubbles, shadows!” I use techniques of mimesis to convey the nonmimetic. The nonmimetic notion in my work becomes more real than that which can be emulated.

Chen Cao - Contingency

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Due to the building guidelines that are in place in response to the COVID-19 situation, we are unable to install a new art exhibit in our Farmington Hills, Michigan and Fort Worth, Texas offices.

Thankfully, the majority of artists who currently have their work on display in our Michigan and Texas locations have graciously allowed us to continue to do so through the spring of 2021. We would like to extend a huge thank you to those artists and we look forward to continuing with a new exhibition in the summer of 2021.