Yen-Fu Kuo

Yen-Fu Kuo

Art is a feast and I face it with honesty. Sometimes this feast will have dishes that are not suitable. Other times, people will join the feast who do not belong there. We all go to the feast with curiosity, but the real question is how do we leave it. My art is this study of crying, laughing, and then more crying.

In my works, I explore the relationship between people. These relationships have positive and negative sides. The negative side leads people to be unhappy and break connections. But how to turn these negatives into positives? They key is to watch yourself. The purpose is not to criticize, but to think from the perspective of others. You must ask for a lot of forgiveness. The more complicated the world is, the more complicated it is to make it comfortable. Try to spend more time looking at yourself. There will be extraordinary gains.

From Here to There (b)
From Here to There (b)
Yen-Fu Kuo
2019
mixed media (190 x 170 cm)
From Here to There (a)
From Here to There (a)
Yen-Fu Kuo
2019
mixed media (190 x 170 cm)
From Here to There (A)
From Here to There (A)
Yen-Fu Kuo
2019
mixed media (190 x 170 cm)
To me, art is a feast for me to face with honesty, and each feast represents a period in my life. From time to time, this banquet will have some dishes that are not suitable for them. Other times, the same table will appear with people who are not in the right place. Each of us rushes to the banquet with curiosity but how can we finally leave? This is a study of how to behave properly no matter how one feels. In my artworks, I always discuss the issue, “rén yǔ rénjiān de guānxì”: the relationships between people. Your relationships may be positive or negative between you and others. The negative thoughts will lead modern people's hearts to poverty and ruin! How can we turn these negative thoughts into positive ones? Watching ourselves is an important first step. Its purpose is not to criticize but to think always from the perspective of others. It is this way that you will receive a lot of forgiveness. The more complex the world is, the simpler our mind’s attitude should be. This will make us more comfortable. By spending more time reviewing yourself, you will have extraordinary gains. In 2017, for the series "Looking for Who's Suitcase", I used the method of looking down and into a mirror to let the viewers look for suitcases belonging to them and their friends to try and find the look of their desires! This included goodness, the ugly side of humanity, and so on. In the “Going home: going out is in order to go home” series, I continue to use suitcases to explore the true state in a person's inner heart that they cannot hide. But this time, the suitcases are closed, moving, walking, traveling, and returning home. In addition to emphasizing the owner’s true state of mind, I included more objects and outside sceneries for this series. Going home is something that is done every day. People often pursue the sense of security in their hearts that can be bought with money or found in their emotions. Going home lets us have that sense of security, warmth, and protection we felt during childhood. Therefore, on the trajectory of life, a state of moving in circles is formed unconsciously, a repeated pattern of going out and returning home to go out yet again.
Can't hold back
Can't hold back
Yen-Fu Kuo
2018
mixed media (162 x 130 cm)
Is that you?
Is that you?
Yen-Fu Kuo
2018
mixed media (24 x 30.5 cm)
Work Equipment
Work Equipment
Yen-Fu Kuo
2018
mixed media (111 x 180 cm)
Folk Style
Folk Style
Yen-Fu Kuo
2018
mixed media (66 x 85 cm)
Waiting for the best flight
Waiting for the best flight
Yen-Fu Kuo
2018
mixed media (27 x 34.5 cm)
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Yen-Fu Kuo
A cup of coffee, a trip home
A cup of coffee, a trip home
Yen-Fu Kuo
2018
mixed media (34.5 x 27 cm)
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Yen-Fu Kuo
Business Class
Business Class
Yen-Fu Kuo
mixed media (117 x 90 cm)
Luggage Cart
Luggage Cart
Yen-Fu Kuo
mixed media (144 x 110 cm)
Rush home
Rush home
Yen-Fu Kuo
Pack up in a hurry
Pack up in a hurry
Yen-Fu Kuo
mixed media (30 x 20 cm)
Artist's Daily Packing
Artist's Daily Packing
Yen-Fu Kuo
2018
mixed media (100 x 80 cm)