Monday, April 21, 2008
Eric Feng AKA FERIC
Inside Out by Eric Feng AKA "FERIC"
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This past weekend, I went to see an exhibition at the San Jose Museum of Art called , “ Robots: Evolution of a Cultural Icon”. The show examined the development of robot iconography in fine art over the past 50 years. While there, the art of Eric Feng, AKA “Feric” caught my eye and I haven’t stopped thinking about it since.
Born in Taipei City Taiwan in 1974, Feric draws inspiration from traditional Chinese brush painting, calligraphy and Buddhism.
Influenced by animated cells, his mixed media drawings are minimalist in fine detail and filled with highly personal symbolism.
Imagery of flora, fauna and quasi-buddhist figures are layered with imaginative internal robotics. These fantastical blueprints expose a relationship between the natural, physical and spiritual world reflecting the artist’s life long fascination with atonomy, machines and “samsara” – the cycle of life, death and rebirth.
Feng’s surreal and beautiful art blends East and West, past and present, natural and mechanical. Hovering between fantasy and reality, interwoven with natural and mechanical beings Feric’s drawings address infinite evolutionary possibilities.
Feric’s web site is a work of art in and of itself. It takes a little effort to learn how to navigate it, but it is well worth the time it takes. There are many intriguing images there, some animated. Check it!
In my own studio, I have been reacquainting myself with graphite, a medium I have never been very fond of. In this series of organic forms, I have been experimenting with the properties of the graphite and how it responds to the paper and to light. These are six of the pieces I drew over a period of three weeks.
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