Tofer Chin

TOFER CHIN™  INTERVIEW

BIOGRAPHY

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Inspired by his hometown of Los Angeles and its surf, skate, and BMX cultures, Tofer Chin filters his surroundings into graphic, pared-down shapes painted in bright color or crisp blacks and whites. Chin refers to his paintings as “abstracted landscapes,” and in them he plays with perception, defying two-dimensionality with carefully arranged forms that appear to be receding into or popping out of the canvas. He summarizes his production of paintings, sculptures, installations, public projects, and graphic design work by saying, “A major part of my work and what I’m trying to convey to my viewer in one…word is: experimentation.” This thirst for experimentation led him away from his early figurative compositions and toward the hard-edged geometric abstractions he is now known for. He presents all of his works as invitations for viewers to tap into their imaginations.

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How would you describe yourself?

Los Angeles native who loves to eat and travel.

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First, can you tell us when / how you became interesting in creating artworks ?

I’ve been drawing and making things since I was a kid. I took my first oil painting class right after high school and fell in love with painting and never stopped.

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What excites you the most about art and about being an artist ?

Being able to do what I love every single day and having so much fun doing it.

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What are your influences ?

So much – architecture, design, traveling, the beach, the mountains, animation, music, concerts and really good food.

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Tofer Chin, artist, contemporary art, geometric, shape, scandaleproject, scandale project,

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Which materials do you use to create because you work is based on multiple surfaces

I work with a lot of acrylic paint and enamels brushed and sprayed on raw canvas, raw linen, wood, concrete and paper – I’m always experimenting with new materials and surfaces.

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Where does the fascination for geometrical shapes come from ?

This fascination begins with natural and man made architecture and the idea of a keyhole perspective where you can only see a portion of what’s actually there.

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Do you process the same way when you create black and white works and colorful works ?

Working with black and white compared to color are two completely different technical and conceptual processes. With my monochromatic pieces the palate is essentially black and white. When color is introduced, feelings and emotions must be accounted for when picking a particular color to use or not use.

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Tofer Chin, artist, contemporary art, geometric, shape, scandaleproject, scandale project,

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I read that you were painting « abstracted landscapes », could you give your description « abstracted landscapes » ?

Perspective portions, corners in time.

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What are you trying to achieve with your work ?

A genuine reaction. Something to take with you through out your day or for a longer period of time.

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What is the difference when working in studio and working outside ?

The approach. The view. And the conditions.

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Tofer Chin, artist, contemporary art, geometric, shape, scandaleproject, scandale project,

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What is the most important project you had (the one which were more important to you ?)

I’ve had a handful so this is a hard one to pick. But the most emotionally impactful piece I’ve created was a sculptural installation entitled Fourteen Black at Parque Lage in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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Where you would like to see your work (any dream museum, art galleries or any place over the world) ?

A mural and interactive installation at the Hammer Museum and a permanent installation at Inhotim in Brazil.

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What about collaborating with other artists, would you be interested ?

Definitely. I work with visual artists, writers, directors, designers, producers – collaborating is a very important part of it all.

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What about opportunities your work gave you (life, career) ?

Lots of travel meeting so many awesome people along the way.

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Tofer Chin, artist, contemporary art, geometric, shape, scandaleproject, scandale project,

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I wonder, as a part of Los Angeles art scene, music remains important, does it have any impact on your work ?

Oh yes, I’m addicted to concerts. We get so many amazing live shows here – I try to go as much as possible, it’s like going to a library to research.

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How does it feel to drive around the city and seeing your work as part of everyday life for other people ?

Its so nice to be able to make work that people can view everyday on the way to work or running errands. I love recontextualizing a space’s view.

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Could you describe the importance of physical presence throughout your work ?

Even though my work my appear from a photograph to be made digitally, in person you can see really see my hand, you can see the flow of paint, the layers and shadows created by the skin I’m creating.

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Tofer Chin, artist, contemporary art, geometric, shape, scandaleproject, scandale project,

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What 24 hours with you look like ?

Lots of coffee and work. Time with my daughter. Beer or wine to end the day.

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Do you have any quote or words of wisdom to remember which are important throughout all your creation ?

Never ever give up. Work hard. Work even harder.

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Do you have other projects in progress / exhibition coming soon ?

I’m currently working on a bunch of painting commissions, planning a few projects overseas, working on an exhibition for 2017 and have a stop motion animation project called GUSTO RULES! airing on Triptank on Comedy Central this year.

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How would you describe the word ART and what does it means to you ?

Art is making…

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    Tofer Chin, artist, contemporary art, geometric, shape, scandaleproject, scandale project,Tofer Chin, artist, contemporary art, geometric, shape, scandaleproject, scandale project,

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Questions by Fiona Vilmer writer specialized in contemporary art.