Chen Fei stands apart among mainland artists, positioning himself as an outsider who flirts with Beijing’s subcultures, tattoo parlours and punk music. The symbols of the fringe and high culture, Western and Chinese, are equally fodder for his jokes and critique. Chen, 34, brings his subversive approach to Perrotin Paris with Fine Art, a solo show running until October 7. In Natural
History, a woman dressed for clubbing or the gym stands in an idyllic field surrounded by random animals, including armadillo, squirrels and penguins. In another domestic setting, National Conditions, Chen depicts a Chinese family in an apocryphal 1960s American living room, father reading a newspaper, mother sipping tea as an African American child approaches.
All the while, Chen’s bust looks on. perrotin.com