If one says living is a disaster, all we can do is barely make it through one day after another. Apart from that, we dig hard into the gaps over the layers of patches of reality to find what’s left that could make us happy for a beat. No No No No Good Club collects those crumbs seem delightful or unpleasant, they’re photographs of malls, strangers, wedding banquets, walking dogs in parks, party held spontaneously by the shore, abandoned houses, relatives and friends, gigs at the livehouse and so on, scenes that are not only Chen Etang’s inspiration but also his daily routine. Among this collection, moments that were assembled and seized by the artist, most of them were just another exhausting day of our lives, plain and miscellaneous. But under the artist’s eyes, these bits and pieces were glowing through cracks while depicting the outline of the lives of the times, in a passive positive way. Through the works of Chen Etang, No No No No Good Club has showcased a world with fleeting tension on surfaces of things where you could still find a satisfying spot for your own, a world we’re living in at this very moment.
Etang Chen, born 1983, based in Taipei, Taiwan. In late 20s, he has become a self-taught photographer leaving his position as a vet. He not only works on various commissions but also focuses on several personal projects. By involving underground cultural scenes and by his far-range attention towards details of daily life, he has shaped a unique style in his works through his alternative eyes.