Long-bin Chen’s first solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), “The Reader’s Way,” uses recycled books, magazines, and printing paper as sculpture material, combining meaning with texture.
The title of the exhibition is inspired by the German term “philosophenweg” (path of philosophy), which refers to the experience of walking on a leafy path far away from the boisterous world. Visitors enter the exhibition by the Taiwanese expat in America on stepping stones formed from books–aside from the cover image that remains on the face of the “stones,” it’s difficult to recognize that they are books.
Facing each other in the two galleries of MOCA Studio are suspended sculptures of heads, titled Crazy and Civilization, that are made from Chinese and Western books to symbolize “the struggle and anxiety of mankind when faced with the explosion of information and the era of excessive media.”
The sculptures and path through the rooms are surrounded by bookshelves filled with Western and Chinese books and magazines.
Long-bin Chen’s “The Reader’s Way” is on display at MOCA Studio until March 29. Entrance is free.