Chambers Fine Art in Chelsea will present a series of works by artist Feng Mengbo in the exhibition Not Too Late: Recent Works by Feng Mengbo. In this show, Mengbo returns to something he abandoned 20 years ago—painting.
Since 1993, Mengbo has been best known as a digital artist and around that time, he was just becoming familiar with using Macintosh computers and experimenting with technology. He would further develop his expertise for the next several years and even debuted an eight-screen interactive video game installation Long-March Restart at the 2008 Venice Biennial.
In Not Too Late, Mengbo offers his latest ink and mixed media paintings along with a short video shot in slow motion with musical background and with visuals inspired by Chinese calligraphy. Another influence for the works in this show are the Quake III Arean video games, which inspired Mengbo to construct a MOD (a motion time system) that features lines and strokes similar to those of the great masters of Chinese calligraphy.
Mengbo’s imagination never ceases to run out of ideas, and in Not Too Late, he effectively demonstrates the interconnectedness that art and technology have with one and other and shows the viewer that art, whether created by one’s own hand or through a computer, can be unique and original.
At Chambers Fine Art, 522 W. 19th St., through Feb. 22. The gallery is open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. There will be an opening reception Jan. 10 from 6-8 p.m.